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Lesson 5

The Cardinal and Theological Virtues

The aim of this lesson is for your children to understand that virtues are firm habits to do the good. They will learn about the cardinal and theological virtues and how they act as signposts in the moral life. If we turn these virtues into habits, they will become part of who we are, making us like Christ.

Lesson Vocabulary
  • Virtue
    (n.): An habitual and firm disposition to do the good. Moral virtues are acquired through human effort. The infused moral virtues and the theological virtues are gifts from God.
  • Cardinal Virtues
    (n.): Four virtues acquired through our own effort that play a pivotal role in the exercise of other virtues. They are the fruit and seed of morally good acts and help prepare the powers of human beings for communion with God鈥檚 love. They are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.
  • Theological Virtues
    (n.): Gifts infused by God into the souls of the faithful to make them capable of acting as His children and meriting eternal life. They are faith, hope, and charity (or love).
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