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Prudence, Justice, Courage, and Temperance

The Cardinal Virtues

By: Fr Andrew Pinsent

Format: A6 Booklet

Dimensions: 105mm by 148mm

ISBN : 9781784691752

Number of Pages: 68

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Publication Date: 08 May 2017

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Product Code: SP52


What kind of people do we need to be if we are to live up to the grace of our Baptism as children of God, able to call God, “Our Father?” Besides the theological virtues, the life of grace needs a wide range of character-forming dispositions.

These dispositions are called the infused moral virtues, and their pillars or ‘hinges’ are the Christian cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, courage, and temperance. This booklet explores the meaning of these cardinal virtues, drawing on Scripture, the great works of Catholic theology, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and new research to explain and illustrate the ideas. It also includes practical ways to support the cardinal virtues, including discipleship, parables and stories, proverbs and maxims, memorisations, and a liturgical life.