Now that we know what a virtue is, I’d like to point out that they are divided into two groups. The first group is called Theological Virtues and the second, Human Virtues. It sounds a bit technical, I know, but if you learn them this way you will be able to recall them more easily.

The whole point of a virtue is to practice it and become the You that was always meant to be! It will be difficult sometimes. Who am I kidding?, it will be difficult most of the times but if there is no struggle there will be no victory because choosing to be and do good is a lifelong journey.

So let’s begin!

Theological virtues are the ones that make us capable of acting as God’s children. They helps us have a relationship with Him. The theological virtues are faith, hope and charity. We must pray to God everyday so that He may increase in us these virtues. Why? Because they are gifts to us, we cannot practice them relying only on our own strength, we need His help.

  • Faith is the virtue of believing in God. It is to put entirely our trust in Him, in everything he has said and done, and in what his Holy Church teaches us. A man of faith submits himself willingly to God and zealously endeavors to know and do God’s will.
  • Hope is the virtue by which we aspire to the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our greatest happiness. We put all our effort and trust in the promises of Christ and the grace of the Holy Spirit.
  • Charity is the virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. It is superior to all virtues.

These are simple definitions, but to tell you the truth, I sometimes forget them myself. So it helps to know them in this straightforward manner. And remember if you ever seem like your stuck, ask God to help. He does not deny anyone His grace. He wants all men and women to be perfect like He.

Theological virtues

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