Building Catholic Character in Students: Develop Fortitude

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The Catholic Book of Character and Success: Chapter Notes

Chapter Twelve: Develop Fortitude.

  • The virtue of Fortitude is one of the four foundation stones of character alongside Prudence, Justice and Temperance.
  • It is the habit of courageously undertaking labours and dangers when duty, conscience or some worthy end calls.
  • Fortitude is more than courage and bravery, although it includes these things.
  • Patience is indispensable to fortitude, as those who can bear disappointments and persevere will be more likely to attain his ends.
  • History has many great examples of fortitude.
  • The greatest example is that of Christ, who exemplifies all virtues and was steadfast and unflinching in his fortitude, in the face of his enemies.
  • Romans, Jews, Europeans, Americans all have great examples of characters who were virtuous in fortitude: Quinctius Curtius, Tobias, Judith, Esther, Job, David, Abraham Lincoln etc.
  • Examine your conscience: do you possess fortitude in any measure?
  • Do you have the courage to face danger for the sake of principle?
  • Can you stand before a crowd and maintain your point when it is your duty?
  • Do you possess patience in delays, perseverance in weariness?
  • When you identify your weaknesses, start to work on them, one at a time through constant practice.
  • Practising virtues that you fall short on, strengthens them immensely.
  • Determine not to yield or give in when you feel tired or downtrodden: stiffen your will.
  • Great-mindedness or Magnanimity is a companion of fortitude.
  • A magnanimous his high-minded in his actions and will not stoop to means that are selfish in nature.
  • He is a public-spirited person, generous in nature, and never satisfied with half-achievements.
  • Fortitude require magnanimous and tenacious natures to keep going with patience until the end is achieved.
  • Those who appear to us as Heroes are really those who face the same struggles as us but who fight on with tenacity, fortitude and perseverance.
  • In your own challenges, carry on whatever comes. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will achieve any worthwhile project.
  • If you lack this heroic virtue you will discouraged and quit at slight obstacles often when success is just around the corner.
  • It is clear that all four cornerstones of character; Fortitude, Prudence, Justice and Temperance depend on each other.
  • One cannot have true Fortitude unless he is Prudent, Just and Temperate.
  • When you cultivate any of these virtues to a notable degree you will have likewise cultivated the others in mutual balance.
  • These virtues will lead you towards a truly noble life.

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