What Are The Virtues?

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Gratitude

Thankful disposition of mind and heart

Religion

To render to God what we as creatures owe to Him. When animated by charity the virtue of religion manifests itself in five actions.

Obedience

Assenting to rightful authority without hesitation or resistance

Patience

Bearing present difficulties calmly

Perseverance

Taking the steps necessary to carry out objectives in spite of difficulties

Magnanimity

Seeking with confidence to do great things in God; literally “having a large soul”

Docility

Willingness to be taught

Foresight

Consideration of the consequences of one’s actions; thinking ahead

Moderation

Attention to balance in one’s life

Circumspection

Careful consideration of circumstances and consequences

Modesty

Purity of heart in action, especially in regards to dress and speech

Prudence

Enables one to reason and to act rightly in any given situation — “right reason in action”

Justice

Enables one to give to each, beginning with God, what is due him

Fortitude

Enables one to endure difficulties and pain for the sake of what is good

Temperance

Enables one to be moderate in the pleasure and use of created goods

Gift of Piety

Inclines one as a child of God to have devotion and honor to God as Father

Gift of Fortitude

Moves one to endure difficulties for the sake of eternal life with God

Gift of Counsel

Enables one to respond fully to the direction and guidance from the Lord

Gift of Fear

Gift of Wisdom

Moves one to order one’s life according to God’s will

Gift of Knowledge

Guides one in knowing what to believe and how to share it with others

Gift of Understanding

Enables one to see more deeply into the mysteries of the faith and judge with certainty all created things

Faith

Enables one to know God and all that He has revealed

Hope

Enables one to desire God above all things and to trust Him for personal salvation

Charity

Enables one to love as God Himself loves, to love God above all things, and one’s neighbor as oneself