Friday, August 12, 2011


This post comes to us from guest author, Isaac

 The four Cardinal Virtues of prudence, justice, temperance and courage are wonderful gifts which bring us closer to attaining eternal happiness. These great virtues, if practiced, will bring us into a more honest, holy, and intimate relationship with God. 
These virtues are considered the cardinal virtues. The word cardinal, derived from the Latin cardo, or hinge, means that they are, so to speak, the hinges of the Catholic and Christian life.
Justice, my personal favorite, is a great virtue and one that can especially be used as a hinge to open the doors of Heaven.

Justice is the third cardinal virtue; it is the knowledge of moderation between our needs and the needs and rights of others. It is more than just proving someone wrong and making sure they get what they deserve. In fact that isn’t justice at all. True justice only wants what is right for the sake of the truth, not just getting revenge. The Holy Spirit helps us to seek the truth by guiding us to Christ in the Eucharist, for Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Light. His almighty truth helps us to better know the Father, His Mother, Mary and the saints. Justice is truly a great virtue to practice because it brings those who live by it into a deeper realization of the love, compassion, and truth of the Father.

Ways to Grow in Justice
  •   Receive Holy Communion often
  •  Pray to the Holy Spirit for enlightenment in the truth that Christ loves us
  •   Go to confession monthly- it keeps you honest and your soul clean.


  1. I can definitely testify to the three practices above having a profound effect on how I view things. When I started going to Mass daily and doing Eucharistic Adoration I began to be changed from the inside so much that the Holy Spirit wouldn't allow me to remain judgmental and unforgiving or even to feel vindicated or justified when I was right about something. My heart was convicted each time I stepped outside of His way. Forgiving definitely became easier.. not necessarily easy for who can truly forgive without Divine help, but easier and that desire to be vindicated or proven right just became less important to me.

    Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Thank you, Isaac, for this wonderful post on the Cardinal Virtues! I enjoyed reading your insights on the virtue of justice. Truth and justice walk hand in hand and we would all do well to practice this virtue in this upside-down world we are living in!