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Theological Virtues

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The three virtues, Faith, Hope and Charity or Love, as enumerated by St. Paul in the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians, are called Theological Virtues because they are the gift of God and have God for their object. They may be explained as follows:

FAITH is a gift of God, infused into our souls, whereby we firmly believe all these things which God has revealed.

HOPE is a gift of God, which helps us to expect with confidence that God will give us all things necessary to salvation, if we only do what He requires of us.

CHARITY is a gift of God, whereby we love Almighty God above all things for His sake and our neighbors as ourselves.

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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Theological Virtues'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. 1901.

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