How many times do you witness amazing feats of bravery and courage and ask yourself, could I do that if placed in the same position? What you witnessed was the virtue of fortitude in action. Bravery, courage, strength and might are all lesser virtues, associated with the virtue of fortitude. What makes this virtue so special is that it “ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life.” 1 Fortitude in action allows us to face fear and conquer it; to face the trials of life with grace and strength; to give of our lives for a just cause.
Demonstrating Fortitude in Action
Demonstrating fortitude in action is courageous. The inner strength gifted to us by the Holy Spirit is on display. With this virtue, we witness to Christ. Watch this short video. Take note of how to see this virtue, in action, within the course of our everyday lives. See what an impact it can make on yourself and others. We’ll conclude our chat on the other side:
Fortitude is not only one of the four cardinal virtues (with Prudence, Temperance and Justice being the other three), but it is also a gift of the Holy Spirit. He graces us with fortitude, so that we can bear the trials of life. God only gives us what we can handle; nothing more. Sometimes, our trials are so great, though, that the cross we must bear requires Christ’s strength; the strength of the gift of fortitude.
1 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd. Ed. paragraph 1808, Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1997. Print.
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