What is the theological virtue of charity?

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Charity is the supernatural virtue by which we love God above all things for His own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves as part of our love of God. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second …

What are the Cardinal Virtues?

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The Cardinal Virtues are prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude of heart. Along with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, these Cardinal Virtues enable us to express, prove, and grow in our love of God by implementing His plan and covenant in a practical way. “And if anyone loves righteousness, her [Wisdom’s] labors are virtues; for she teaches self-control and prudence, …

Why are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance called Cardinal Virtues?

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Prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude are called Cardinal Virtues because they are the key virtues upon which all the other virtues hinge or depend. In Latin, “cardo” means “hinge.” The other virtues of human morality, such as obedience, patience, humility, truthfulness, and patriotism, are related to the Cardinal Virtues. A virtue begins as the capacity to make particular virtuous acts. …

What are the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit?

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The seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. They are the gifts listed in Isaiah 11 which were to characterize the Just Man—the Messiah. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are the qualities God gives our souls to make them responsive to the grace of God. They help us …

What is sanctifying grace?

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Sanctifying or habitual grace is a gift of God enabling us to be holy and pleasing to God. It confers on us a true share in God’s own divine nature and the communion of the divine Persons. By sanctifying grace, our souls participate and share in God’s very own life even while we live on earth. This grace helps us …

What does this new life of sanctifying grace do for man?

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This new life of sanctifying grace gives man the ability to participate and share in God’s own life, uniting him to the Father and to Christ in a union of love that not even death can separate. Jesus said, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to …

What does God’s gift of grace do for us?

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God’s gift of grace: (1) helps us to overcome sin and live with God, (2) enables us to be closely united to the Blessed Trinity through the Theological Virtues, and (3) helps us to live as adopted children of God. 1. God’s gift of grace (especially actual grace) helps us to overcome sin and live with God. The grace we …

What does the indwelling of the Holy Spirit do for man?

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By the indwelling of the Holy Spirit: (1) we are given sanctifying grace, the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the Theological and Cardinal Virtues; (2) our weakness of soul is healed; (3) we are helped to overcome our evil desires and selfishness and to practice virtues such as charity and patience; and (4) our prayers and lives are …

What is our greatest dignity?

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Our greatest dignity as Christians consists in the fact that we are children of God and have God’s life in our souls through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must try to live holy lives and strive always to keep God’s grace as our most precious treasure. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us live …

What are the theological virtues?

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The Theological Virtues are faith, hope, and charity. These virtues are supernatural capacities to receive three divine powers from Jesus’ fullness of grace. These virtues are called theological, or divine, because they unite us directly to God. God infuses them into our souls, along with sanctifying grace, in the Sacrament of Baptism. The Theological Virtues, along with the Gifts of …