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Acceptance To consider circumstances, especially those that can not be changed, as satisfactory.
Accountability The quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions.
Ambition Having a strong desire for success or achievement.
Assertiveness Disposed to or characterized by bold or confident assertion.
Beauty The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. Aesthetic harmony.
Benevolence The disposition to do good.
Bravery A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger of pain without showing fear.
Caring to give care. A concern for...
Charity Generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering. Aid given to those in need.
Chastity Purity in conduct and intention.
Caution Avoidance of rashness, attention to safety.
Cleanliness Careful to keep clean : fastidious, habitually kept clean.
Commitment The firm carrying out of purpose.
Compassion Sympathetic awareness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
Confidence A feeling of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances. Faith in oneself.
Consideration Thoughtful and sympathetic regard for the needs of others. Careful thought.
Contentment The quality of feeling satisfied with one's possessions, status, or situation.
Cooperation To associate with another or others for mutual benefit/to achieve a shared goal.
Courage A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear.
Courtesy Polite, respectful or considerate behaviour mindful of other people.
Creativity The ability to create. A quality involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts.
Curiosity A desire to find out and know things.
Defiance Bold resistance.
Dependability Reliable, worthy of reliance or trust.
Detachment Freedom from atachments.
Determination Firmness of purpose.
Devotion A great love or loyalty, enthusiastic zeal.
Diligence Conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation. Persevering determination to perform a task.
Discernment The ability to distinguish; judgement; Discrimination; To distinguish between things; To perceive differences that exist.
Discretion Being discrete in ones speech, keeping secrets.
Discipline The trait of being well behaved and under control.
Eloquence Powerful and effective language. Fluent, persuasive and articulate speech.
Empathy Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives.
Enthusiasm A feeling of excitement. Exuberance: overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval.
Excellence The quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree.
Faith Complete confidence in a person, plan or set of beliefs etc.
Faithfulness Steadfast in affection or allegiance; loyal.
Flexibility Adaptable, able to be changed to suit circumstances.
Focus Concentrated awareness and effort.
Forbearance Restraint under provocation; patience: good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence.
Forgiveness To cease to feel angry or bitter towards a person or about an offense.
Fortitude Strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage.
Friendliness Agreeableness is a tendency to be pleasant and accommodating.
Frugality Prudence in avoiding waste. Being economical with resources.
Generosity Giving or ready to give freely, free from meanness or prejudice.
Gentleness Moderate; mild, quite; not rough or severe.
Grace Elegance and beauty of movement or expression.
Gratitude Being thankful.
Helpfulness The quality of providing useful assistance.
Honesty Truthful; sincere; not lying or cheating.
Honor Not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent. Worthy of being honored.
Hope The general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled.
Humbleness Modest; not arrogant or boastful.
Humility A disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride.
Humor The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd.
Idealism High mindedness: elevated ideals and conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued.
Integrity Moral soundness; Integrity is consistency of values and actions. Unbroken completeness with nothing lacking.
Impartiality Fair. An inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally without bias.
Industry Diligent, hardworking.
Innocence Guileless, not guilty.
Joyfulness The emotion of great happiness
Justice Fair, impartial, giving a deserved response.
Kindness Friendly, helpful, well meaning.
Knowledge Part of the hierarchy made up of data, information and knowledge. Data are raw facts. Information is data with context and perspective. Knowledge is information with guidance for action based upon insight and experience.
Liberality An inclination to favor progress and individual freedom the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament.
Love A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.
Loyalty Steadfast in allegiance to one's homeland, government, or sovereign. Faithful to a person, ideal, custom, cause, or duty.
Magnanimity The virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes.
Majesty Great and impressive dignity.
Meekness The feeling of patient, submissive humbleness; a disposition to be patient and long suffering.
Mercy Clemency: leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice.
Moderation The avoidance of extremes in one's actions or opinions.
Modesty Freedom from vanity or conceit. Not inclined to boast.
Obedience Willingness to obey, to be controlled when necessary, to carry out orders.
Openness Ready and willing to talk candidly.Unsecretive.
Orderliness Neatness and tidiness. A personality trait which involves the organization of things into a state of order and symmetry. The quality of appreciating method and system.
Patience The ability to endure delay, trouble, pain or hardship.
Peace Freedom from mental agitation; serenity.
Perseverance Being persistent, refusing to stop despite failures, delays and difficulties.
Persistence Never-ceasing, relentless.
Piety Humble devotion to a high ideal.
Prudence Wise or careful in conduct. Shrewd or thrifty in planning ahead.
Punctuality The quality or habit of adhering to an appointed time.
Purity Freedom from defilement. Undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material. Unsullied by sin or moral wrong.
Purposefulness Having a definite goal.
Reliability Can be trusted to do something.
Resoluteness The quality of being firm in purpose.
Resourcefulness The ablility to act effectively or imaginatively, especially in regard to difficult situations and unusual problems.
Respect Admiration for others. Treating people with due dignity.
Responsibility Having control over and accountability for appropriate events.
Restraint Holding Back.
Reverence Profound awe and respect.
Righteousness Adhering to moral principles. Holiness.
Selflessness The quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others.
Self Sacrifice The giving up of one's own benefit, especially giving up one's life, for the good of others.
Service Work done by one person or group that benefits another.
Sensitivity Heightened awareness of oneself and others within the context of social and personal relationships.
Silence Inner peace. Being silent.
Simplicity Straightforward; not complex or complicated. Unpretentious.
Sincerity Free from pretense or deceit in manner or actions.
Sobriety Serious, solemn and calm. Free from intoxication.
Spontaneity Natural, not planned.
Steadfastness Firm, resolute; determinedly unwavering.
Strength Capable of exerting great force.
Tact Consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense.
Temperance Moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression. Restraint in the use of or abstinence from alcoholic liquors/intoxicants.
Thankfulness Warm friendly feelings of gratitude.
Thrift The characteristic of using a minimum of something. Saving.
Tolerance Tending to permit, allow, understand, or accept something; tending to withstand or survive.
Toughness Strong and durable; not easily damaged.
Tranquility Serenely quite and peaceful; undisturbed.
Trust Having confidence in others; lacking suspicion.
Trustworthiness Able to be trusted or depended on; reliable.
Truthfulness Accurately depicting what is real.
Understanding Comprehension, assimilation of knowledge. The holistic awareness of facts.
Unity Freedom from division. Oneness.
Vitality Exuberant physical strength or mental vigor, energy.
Wisdom The trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight.
Wonder The feeling aroused by something strange and surprising.
Zeal Ardor. A feeling of strong eagerness. Tireless devotion.

If you think of a Virtue that should be on this list then please contact me, thanks.

Definition of Virtue: Excellence in morals; A good habit; a character trait or quality valued as being good.

Etymology of Virtue: early 13c., "moral life and conduct, moral excellence," vertu, from Anglo-Fr. and O.Fr. vertu, from L. virtutem (nom. virtus) "moral strength, manliness, valor, excellence, worth,"


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"Perfect Virtue is within you"
"Allow yourself to feel Virtue now"
"Accept Virtue"
"Trust in your Virtue"


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The Virtues
by Pope Benedict XVISearch for Pope Benedict XVI
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"...The truly great thing in Christianity, which does not dispense one from small, daily things but must not be concealed by them either, is this ability to come into contact with God."
---Pope Benedict XVI

One of the greatest teachers of our day, Pope Benedict XVI has frequently spoken about the pursuit of virtue. In these selections from homilies and addresses, the Holy Father draws on the lives of saints, the Catechism, and common experiences to bring us into a deeper understanding of the virtues and how to cultivate them in our own lives so that we can grow closer to the Lord.

Allow Pope Benedict XVI to instruct you on nurturing all the basic Christian virtues: Faith, Hope, and Charity, called the Theological Virtues and Prudence, Fortitude, Justice, and Temperance the Cardinal Virtues.

A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.
Catechism of the Catholic Church (1803)
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Learning the Virtues: That Lead You to God
by Romano GuardiniSearch for Romano Guardini
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There's more to goodness than keeping the Commandments: you've got to cultivate virtue, too, so that you please God in what you do not merely in what you don t do. In these pages, you'll learn countless ways to grow in such virtue.

The wise Msgr. Romano Guardini, a German priest hailed by Pope Benedict XVI as a great figure who aspired to the truth of God and to the truth of man, leads you from a consideration of virtue in itself to a discussion of each of the key virtues that will make you holy and lead you to God.

Here you'll learn how to begin practicing the virtues and make them part of your daily routine. You'll also learn about:


  • Envy, the hidden sin, even in the spiritually mature: how to fight it
  • Courtesy: how good manners are spiritually vital to souls
  • "What is truth?" The surprising answer to Pilate's question will transform you
  • Patience: it's the prerequisite for all moral growth, and only the morally strong attain it
  • Orderliness: not a moral virtue in itself, but lack of it may cost your soul
  • Why a sense of humor is so important even to your spiritual health
  • The strange contradiction in blaming God for the evil in the world
  • Belief in progress: in our day it can be a form of idolatry
  • The tyranny of justice: why so many justice movements turn unjust (knowing this is the key to our future as a society)
  • Asceticism: it's not just for monks without it, you may not be saved!
  • Trashy movies: there's spiritual danger even in the ones that don't obviously glorify sin
  • Discover why noise weakens the soul, and how silence is balm for your spiritual life
  • Plus: many other topics to help you grow in the virtues that lead you to God!

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    The Children's Book of Virtues
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    The perfect companion to William J. Bennett's number-one bestseller; The Book of Virtues, The Children's Book of Virtues is the ideal storybook for parents and children to enjoy together:
    With selections from The Book of Virtues, from Aesop and Robert Frost to George Washington's life as well as Native American and African folklore, The Children's Book of Virtues brings together timeless stories and poems from around the world.
    The stories have been chosen especially for a young audience to help parents introduce to their children the essentials of good character: Courage, Perseverance, Responsibility, Work, Self-discipline, Compassion, Faith, Honesty, Loyalty, and Friendship.
    Lavishly illustrated by the well-known artist Michael Hague, these wonderful stories and the virtues they illustrate come to life on these pages.
    The Children's Book of Virtues is an enduring treasury of literature and art that will help lead young minds toward what is noble and gentle and fine.
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    Divine Magic: The Seven Sacred Secrets of Manifestation
    by Doreen VirtueSearch for Doreen Virtue
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    The Ancient Hermetic Secrets to Alchemy and Divine Magic Revealed!

    á á You have natural magical abilities that can elevate your life to a whole new level, as well as heal and help your loved ones and clients. The original teacher of this Divine magic was an Egyptian sage named Hermes Trismegistus. His teachings, called ?Hermetics,? were only taught verbally or in very cryptic writings. In 1908, three Hermetic students recorded them in a book called The Kybalion. Yet this work was still difficult to understand because of its archaic and confusing language.

    á á Now, in Divine Magic,Doreen Virtue presents a clear, edited version of The Kybalion, written in understandable and modern language while retaining all of the original teachings. She gives comments and practical suggestions based upon her own success in using Hermetic teachings for healing and manifestation. With Divine Magic, you can master your moods, release negativity, manifest new levels of abundance, and attract wonderful opportunities in all areas of your life.


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    Virtue
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    What is a virtue, and how are virtues different from vices? Do people with virtues lead better lives than the rest of us? Do they know more? Can we acquire virtues if so, how?

    In this lively and engaging introduction to this core topic, Heather Battaly argues that there is more than one kind of virtue. Some virtues make the world a better place, or help us to attain knowledge. Other virtues are dependent upon good intentions like caring about other people or about truth. Virtue is an original approach to the topic, which carefully situates the fields of virtue ethics and virtue epistemology within a general theory of virtue. It argues that there are good reasons to acquire moral and intellectual virtues virtuous people often attain greater knowledge and lead better lives. As well as approaching virtue in a novel and illuminating way, Battaly ably guides the reader through the dense literature surrounding the topic, deftly moving from important specific and technical points to more general issues and questions. The final chapter proposes strategies for helping university students acquire intellectual virtues. Battaly?s insights are complemented by entertaining examples from popular culture, literature, and film, really bringing this topic to life for readers.

    Virtue is the ideal introduction to the topic. It will be an equally vital resource for students who are encountering the topic for the first time, and for scholars who are deeply engaged in virtue theory.


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    Romance: The Billionaires Virtue - A Billionaire Romance (Romance, Contemporary Romance, Billionaire Romance, The Billionaire's Heart Book 3)
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    Nathanael has been accused of sexual harassment, by a woman he confronted about stealing money from the store, and that woman has Katelynn believing her story, because of some incredibly realistic photos that seem to prove it true. When Nate decides to go on the offensive, however, Katelynn starts to catch on, and finally comes to realize that she has been duped.

    Getting the matter straightened out isn't so simple, though, and a private investigator is working the case, gathering evidence to prove Nate's innocence, and put his accuser away. When he discovers that she has an accomplice who may be even more dangerous than she is, he starts to think there might be more to the story than they know, and he's right about that, but wrong about what the dangers really are.

    Now his mistake may cost Katelynn her life, unless Nate can get there in time to save her!
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    Mission of Mercy, Part 6 of the Virtues and Valor Series
    by Hallee BridgemanSearch for Hallee Bridgeman

    Doctor BETTY GRIMES, miraculously survives the Nazi bombing of her hospital but suffers the loss of her fiancÚ in the raid. She goes to the countryside to grieve and recuperate and there meets the leader of the Virtues team who recruits the brilliant surgeon.

    After months of training, Betty, code-named MERCY, now works in Occupied France as a nurse, where she garners information from patients and passes it to the Allies. Secretly, she tends to injured Resistance operatives, treating gunshots and other wounds that would otherwise draw the attention of the Third Reich.

    When Betty is sent to the local prison to see to a prisoner who has taken ill, her shock at finding TEMPERANCE nearly blows her cover. Now Temperance is sick and Mercy needs to get her well enough for the coming rescue operation to succeed.

    Can MERCY save TEMPERANCE in time for her rescue, or will her patient succumb to the disease brought on by the torture of the Gestapo?

    MISSION OF MERCY is part six of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.

    In 1941 Great Britain a special war department assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues' radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

    Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith, and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.
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    A Parcel for Prudence, Part 4 of the Virtues and Valor Series
    by Hallee BridgemanSearch for Hallee Bridgeman

    The exciting Virtues and Valor serialized story continues with book 4.

    MURIEL TOLSON grew up with all of the luxuries life could offer. As the daughter of a duke, she married the second son of an earl and lived in style on his family's estate. When her husband ships off to fight the Nazis in Africa, Muriel heeds his request to use her intelligence and language skills to help with the war effort. She approaches the British secret services and soon finds herself recruited into an experimental all female cohort dubbed the Virtues, a collection of seven extraordinary women with highly specialized skills.

    Assigned the code name of PRUDENCE, her natural French allows her to infiltrate Occupied France where she works as a courier; carrying messages, money, and sometimes people through the secret resistance network aiding the allies to accomplish very dangerous missions behind enemy lines.

    When Nazis capture the agent code named TEMPERANCE, the team shucks previously laid plans and fast-forwards operational timelines. Is the team ready for this daring mission, or will the Third Reich thwart their plans before they can even get started?

    A PARCEL FOR PRUDENCE is part four of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.

    Seven valorous women ? different nationalities, ethnicities, and social backgrounds ? come together as a team called the Virtues.

    In 1941 Great Britain a special war department assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues' radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

    Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith, and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.

    Introducing the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Seven serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery.
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    Flight of Faith, Part 7 of the Virtues and Valor Series
    by Hallee BridgemanSearch for Hallee Bridgeman

    THE EXCITING CONCLUSION TO THE VIRTUES AND VALOR SERIES!!

    HELEN MULBERRY, the youngest child and only daughter of a wealthy Texas oil tycoon, has always had her every wish granted immediately. When the Germans march into France, no one denies her request to fly her plane to England and help free up a male pilot for combat. Her father's influence opens doors, and 19 year old Helen joins the Virtues team.

    Now under the code-name FAITH, she flies between Britain and France, transporting passengers, supplies, or performing reconnaissance. The Nazis guard their skies with vigor, and Helen learns to fly in combat, land in a field with no lights, and evade the anti-aircraft fire. She masterfully takes on each mission, despite the perceptions and chauvinistic attitudes of many of the male pilots.

    Shot down over France during the mission to rescue the agent code named TEMPERANCE from the clutches of the Gestapo, Helen must make her way through enemy territory with no language skills and somehow come through with a means to get her team back to Britain. Can she save them, or will they all find that they have no way out?

    FLIGHT OF FAITH is the final episode in seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Seven serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery.
    In 1941 Great Britain a special war department assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues' radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

    Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith, and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.
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    Charity's Code, Part 3 of the Virtues and Valor Series
    by Hallee BridgemanSearch for Hallee Bridgeman

    The exciting Virtues and Valor serialized story continues with book 3!

    DORTHY EWING never met a crossword puzzle that she couldn't solve with shocking speed. As a loving wife and mother of three children, she had an idyllic life with her home and her puzzles ? until she had to see her husband off to war. Then the bombing of the Blitz began.

    Now her husband Tom is a POW in Occupied France, her children have been sent to the hopeful safety of her parents' home in York, and she is working at Bletchley Park as an assistant to cryptanalysts. After cracking the code on an encrypted letter from her husband, she is recruited into a special team called The Virtues.

    She works on the home-front, receiving and sending messages to her team in France and coordinating a secret mission with her husband via coded letters. She intercepts the transmission from TEMPERANCE alerting to her blown cover. The clock is ticking in a race to save Temperance's life. Information has to be sent to and received from the team on the ground. Can Charity help save her, or will the constraints of time and the efficiency of the Third Reich work against them?

    CHARITY'S CODE is part three of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.

    Seven valorous women ? different nationalities, ethnicities, and social backgrounds ? come together as a team called the Virtues.

    In 1941 Great Britain a special war department assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues' radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

    Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith, and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.

    Introducing the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Seven serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery.
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