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Paula J. Marsh wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What are virtues per se?
  • Can you please give me the list of all virtues?
  • Where are they in the Bible and how are they related to the Bible?

Thank You,

Paula J. Marsh

  { What are virtues and can you give me the list of all virtues and where they are in the Bible? }

Mary Ann replied:

You said:

  • What are virtues per se?

A virtue is a power, a strength, that is habitual. In the scholastic language, it is a quality of the soul, which means a virtue is of the mind or of the will. A virtue can be an intellectual virtue, like prudence, or a moral virtue, a virtue of the will.

A virtue is a particular kind of quality called a habit. Virtue is a habit of the soul. Moral virtue is a stable disposition to act in a certain way. It is "a stable and firm disposition to do good." As for Scripture, the Old Testament usually refers to virtue, which is a philosophic term, in terms of "walking in the way of the Lord" and of the inclination of the heart.

You said:

  • Can you please give me the list of all virtues?

There are the four cardinal virtues of:

  • prudence
  • justice
  • fortitude and
  • temperance

There are the theological virtues of:

  • faith
  • hope and
  • charity (which God works in us, and which have God for their object)

They inform all the moral virtues and give life to them.

There are the virtues that are the fruit in our human nature of the work of the Holy Spirit, as we exercise faith, hope and charity in daily life, and these are commonly referred to as the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit. We'd recommend most visitors to look them up, but we'll give them to you here:

  1. charity
  2. joy
  3. peace
  4. patience
  5. kindness
  6. goodness
  7. generosity
  8. gentleness
  9. faithfulness
  10. modesty
  11. self-control
  12. chastity

There are also the applications of all of these in concrete circumstances, so that you have civic virtues and human virtues, like:

  • politeness
  • tolerance
  • courtesy
  • promptitude
  • and whatever is good to do in any circumstance, which prudence and charity help you to know.

"Putting on Christ" sums up what it means to be virtuous.

You said:

  • Where are they in the Bible and how are they related to the Bible?

Look them up!

If you look up the particular virtues in the Catechism, you will see many Biblical citations.

If you read the epistles of St. Paul, you will see virtues mentioned often. You could also go to and look in the Catholic Encyclopedia. Books are written on one virtue alone.

Mary Ann

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