1 Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; “the prudent man looks where he is going”. It is prudence that immediately guides the judgment of conscience. With the help of this virtue we apply moral principles to particular cases without error and overcome doubts about the good to achieve and the evil to avoid. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part Three, Section One, Chapter One, Article 7 The Virtues, 1806.)
2 Matthew, Chapter 22:21.
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7Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptation and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part Three, Section One, Chapter One, Article 7 The Virtues, 1808.)
8Temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods. It ensures the will’s mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part Three, Section One, Chapter One, Article 7 The Virtues, 1809.)
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12 Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part Three, Section One, Chapter One, Article 7 The Virtues, 1822.)
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