Back in the Saddle... with the theological virtues / by Tricia Dugat


Okay, so I said 40 days and well, it was a bit more than I have to give, at least consecutively. So I will forge ahead with 40 posts on this theme, but it might be intermittent, because, well, I have a lot going on! New projects, four children, husband, house to clean... you get it. 

This post centers on symbols for the Theological Virtues, that is, the core virtues received from God by the believer. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:

They dispose Christians to live in a relationship with the Holy Trinity. They have the One and Triune God for their origin, motive, and object.
— CCC: 1820

The first two symbols are pretty straightforward, however Charity requires some explanation. The pelican feeding its young is actually piercing its breast to feed them its own blood – a strong symbolic connection that Catholics have to the Holy Eucharist, wherein we receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. In an act of self sacrifice, the bird feeds its young, and likewise, charity is the act of Love whereupon we love God with our whole body, mind and soul, and our neighbors as ourselves, often meaning the sacrifice of our own desires or selfish motives. Pretty intense stuff! 

I love my faith. It's who I am. And though I am far (way incredibly far) from holy myself, I love to share the truths I have discovered as a convert to the Catholic faith. These virtues are the best gifts one can receive and have carried me through many, many difficult life experiences. 

Do you have a story to share in which faith carried you through a difficulty? Or, do you have a particular Christian symbol that inspires you? I would love to hear about it in the comments section! 

Peace be with you, friends!