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A Message from Molly Mahoney

A few months ago I wrapped up our discussion on the four cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude), which means we are moving on to the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity. Many of us are probably familiar with the bible passage from First Corinthians where Paul lays out the three theological virtues. He says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Over the next couple of months we are going to dive into what these virtues really mean and how we can access them in our daily lives. 

Unlike the cardinal virtues, the theological virtues are infused virtues. Meaning that at Christian Baptism, God gives the person these three virtues freely as a gift. The catechism tells us that the theological virtues are our means of “acting as God’s children and of meriting eternal life.” They animate every aspect of the Christian life, and help elevate the cardinal virtues to glorify God more perfectly. 

The virtue of Faith is the first of the three theological virtues. Many of us probably toss this word around like confetti when it comes to talking about God, but I wonder how many of us have really stopped to think about what this word actually means -- I know I don’t very frequently! Faith, quite simply, is the  virtue by which we believe in God, His Church, and all of His promises that have been revealed to us. But even more so, faith unites us to God and makes us a living member of the Church, which comes with a lot of responsibility! As Christian disciples, we are not only called to possess a deep faith on our own, but we are called to share it with our brothers and sisters who do not know Christ. We are called “not only to keep the faith and live it, but also profess it, confidently bear witness to it, and spread it.” Let us all pray for an increase in the virtues of Faith and fortitude! Faith so that we may give ourselves fully to God, and fortitude so that we may confidently share the joy of the Gospel with our neighbors.