theological virtues


Faith, Hope, and Charity are called the theological virtues, because they relate immediately to God. The moral or cardinal virtues are concerned with our duties, and so relate to Him indirectly; but the theological virtues have Him for their immediate object it is God in whom we believe and hope and whom we love. These virtues are supernatural because they are beyond the reach of man’s natural powers, and because they enable him to attain a supernatural end.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “theological virtues”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 November 2019. Web. 3 March 2021. <>