theological virtue


Definition of theological virtue

: one of the three spiritual graces faith, hope, and charity drawing the soul to God according to scholastic theology

Examples of theological virtue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The partridge in a pear tree is said to represent Jesus; the two turtle doves are supposedly The Old and New Testaments; the three French hens are purportedly Faith, Hope, and Charity, the theological virtues, and so on. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Here's What to Know About the '12 Days of Christmas' Meaning," 20 Nov. 2019 The 3 French hens are Faith, Hope, and Charity, the theological virtues. Katie Bourque, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the "12 Days of Christmas" Meaning," 30 Sep. 2019 The way to avoid these wrong paths, says Francis, is by reminding ourselves of the primacy of the theological virtues, the center of which is charity. Thomas Reese, Houston Chronicle, "Pope Francis warns of two false paths to holiness," 12 May 2018 Then the church turned demographic fact into theological virtue by embracing urban advocacy and racial justice. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "Why Catholic Colleges Excel at Basketball," 30 Mar. 2018 In September’s quake, the cathedral escaped major damage, but authorities said a statue of Hope (the theological virtue) was toppled from its spot on the clock tower. Christopher Reynolds,, "Savor Puebla, a Mexican gem known for its food and sense of style," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of theological virtue

1526, in the meaning defined above

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“Theological virtue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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