In this 2nd Grade lesson, we briefly study both the Theological and the Moral Virtues.
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Jesus wants us to live virtuous lives. Virtues are behavior or traits that help us conduct ourselves in a good way. There are two different types of Virtues: Theological Virtues and Moral Virtues.
The Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope and Love
The three Theological Virtues are gifts of God through Grace to help us.
The first of these virtues is Faith. Faith’s a remarkable gift, because there are many things about God that we cannot understand without Faith. With only our human minds and reason, it might seem impossible that Jesus is fully God and fully Man. Yet He is! Faith is the perfection of the intellect.
It might seem strange to the world that something that looks like bread is the Body of Christ. Yet, through the eyes of Faith, we know this is true.
The next Theological Virtue is Hope. The Hope that we are talking about allows us to trust in God, above all things. This virtue helps us see, even if something goes wrong, that God has a plan for us. God can make something good come out of bad things. We have Hope in God because we know that we cannot do anything on our own and we depend on Him for our eternal salvation. Hope is an act of the will and a real desire for all that is good. The opposite of Hope is despair. Despair means that we doubt the goodness of God and His goodness. We always want to have Hope and not despair.
The greatest of the Virtues is Love. Charity is another word for love. Someone once said that the Eskimos have hundreds of words for snow. We too have many words for love. One of the best forms of love is our love of God. We love Him because He is all good and perfect.
Remember that Scripture teaches us that God is Love. And God’s Love is patient, kind and full of mercy. We are called to love as God loves. God helps us do this when we pray and ask for His help.
The Moral Virtues
The Theological Virtues help us develop Moral Virtues. The Moral Virtues are things we should develop in ourselves.
The first of the Moral Virtues is Prudence.
God gave us minds so we could think first. To develop prudence we need to think before we act or speak. We don’t want to hurt others with our words or actions.
Sometimes, we rush to make a decision or we respond with emotions. This is not being prudent. Prudence is the virtue that helps us take a deep breath and consider what is the right and good thing to do.
Prudence means we control our emotions and reactions by using our minds. We can be calm and gentle if we think fi... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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