The Chief Moral Virtues
The Chief Moral Virtues
The Chief Moral Virtues in the faith are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. They are referred to as the are the Cardinal Virtues.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, here is the definition of each virtue:
“Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it.” (1806)
“Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Justice toward God is called the “virtue of religion.” Justice toward men disposes one to respect the rights of each and to establish in human relationships the harmony that prompts equity with regard to persons and to the common good.” (1807)
“Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a good cause.” (1808)
“Temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods. It ensures the will’s mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable. The temperate person directs the sensitive appetites toward what is good and maintains a healthy direction.” (1809)
The Chief Moral Virtues of the Catholic faith are also called the Cardinal Virtues. They are the main virtues on which all the other virtues depend.
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