What are the theological virtues?

The Catholic theological tradition distinguishes between natural and supernatural virtues, or natural and theological virtues. The theological virtues are gifts that must be infused, they cannot be earned. At the same time, we have to respond to and cooperate with these three gifts of faith, hope, and love in order to truly live the life of virtue we are all called to.

Course Summary

In this course, you will explore Faith, Hope, and Love, from the perspective of the Catholic tradition and especially through the eyes of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

We include a handout for each lesson with main points outlined, quotations from the catechism, and links to the primary sources discussed in each session.

After each lesson, complete a basic quiz, and earn your certificate of completion!

Course Curriculum

  Faith, Hope, and Love: Introduction to the Theological Virtues
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  BONUS: The Cardinal Virtues
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Study Virtue with Pope Benedict, Pope Francis, and the Catechism

The Virtues are an important part of the Christian life, and in this course, we make it easy for you to get a basic grounding. Students will learn from recent popes and the Catechism, all resources that are freely available online!