The Theological Virtues in the Catholic Faith
The Theological Virtues
The Theological Virtues in the Catholic faith are faith, hope, and love. (Love is also called charity).
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, here is the definition of each virtue:
“Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all he has said and revealed to us…” (1841)
“Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of Heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit .” (1817)
The virtue of love is also known as the virtue of charity.
“Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for love of God.” (1822)
The Theological Virtues of faith, hope, and love help us to keep our minds and hearts ordered to God and His plan for us to be in Heaven with Him. May we live out these virtues in our lives because of our great love for God.
You can find some great resources recommended for growing in prayer here: Good Catholic Books to Read: Improve Your Prayer Life
Nunc Coepi: A Year of Prayer from Blessed is She is a book to lead you daily through a year of prayer. It contains Scripture selections, weekly reflections, and writings from Jean Pierre de Cassaude, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, Gabrielle Bossis, Saint Philip Neri, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and Saint Francis de Sales. This book will help you to develop a habit of prayer and deepen your prayer life.
The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: How to Practice the Sacred Heart Devotion by Rev. John Croiset shares the message Jesus gave to St. Margaret Mary about His Sacred Heart. Fr. Croiset was the spiritual director for St. Margaret Mary for 43 years. The book also contains St. Margaret Mary’s prayers to the Sacred Heart and the Sacred Heart Promises.