Virtue

A good habit consonant with our nature.  

 

Theological Virtues

1) Faith – Belief in the Trinity of God. It assents firmly to the supernatural truths of Revelation, not on the motive of intrinsic evidence, but on the sole ground of the infallible authority of God revealing.

2) Hope - A Divinely infused virtue, by which we trust, with an unshaken confidence grounded on the Divine assistance, to attain life everlasting.

3) Charity - by which God, our ultimate end, known by supernatural light, is loved by reason of His own intrinsic goodness or amiability, and our neighbor loved on account of God.

 

 

 

 

Civic Virtue

Applying Virtue in a modern society

1) Self Discipline - self government for the sake of improvement. It is me making myself do what is right, even if nobody is looking.

2) Respect - when I give particular attention to someone. I have a good attitude about them.

3) Cooperation - voluntarily working together for a common purpose.

4) Responsibility - I can be counted upon to do what is right. I admit my mistakes and try to do better next time. I am responsible for my life. It's my job to make sure I have a good life.

5) Honesty - tell the truth. I do not steal, cheat, or lie.

6) Motivation - I am always ready to discover and learn something new. I am a steward of my time.

7) Friendship - A friend is true and faithful.  A friend does not gossip or put down others. A friend helps us to do the right thing, at all times, in all situations. A friend stands by others in good times and bad.

8) Non-Violence - I do my part to make the world a peaceful place. The only moral and proper use of force is in self-defense.

9) Work - the opposite of laziness. Work is the opportunity to fulfill my life. It is my duty to Work to support myself and my family. Good work brings fulfillment and happiness.

Cardinal Virtue

1) Prudence - able to judge between actions with regard to appropriate actions at a given time. Prudence is correct knowledge of things to be done or avoided. Prudence resides in the intellect and is natural, which is, acquired by our own acts but also supernatural, infused with sanctifying grace. As an act of virtue, prudence requires three mental actions: taking counsel carefully with our self and others, judging correctly from the evidence at hand, and directing the rest of our activity based on the norms we have established.

2) Justice - proper moderation between self-interest and the rights and needs of others. Justice is a habitual inclination of the will. The rights due to others are whatever belongs to a person as an individual as distinct from our self. A sin against justice requires reparation.  The distinction between justice and charity is that justice distinguishes between the person practicing it and his neighbor.

3) Temperance - practicing self-control, abstention, and moderation.  Temperance is the virtue that moderates the desire for pleasure. It regulates every form of enjoyment that comes from the exercise of human volition, and includes all those virtues, especially humility, that restrains the inordinate movements of our desires or appetites. In particular, temperance is the obverse of fortitude. Where fortitude limits rashness and fear in the case of major pain that threatens to unbalance human nature, temperance limits inordinate desire for major pleasures.

4) Fortitude - forbearance, endurance, and ability to confront fear and uncertainty, or intimidation. The virtue of fortitude is firmness of spirit, steadiness of will in doing good despite obstacles in the performance of our daily duty. It suppresses inordinate fear and curbs recklessness. Because fortitude also moderates rashness, it is the special virtue of pioneers in any field. Fortitude is the obverse of temperance. Where temperance limits inordinate desire for major pleasures, fortitude limits inordinate rashness and fear in the face of major pain that threatens to unbalance human nature.