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. …