The Theological (Latin, theologia, meaning, “the study of God”) Virtues are the supernaturally endowed virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, under which all other sub-virtues can be organized. In summary, the logic of the Theological Virtues ascend in understanding, conversion, and conformance of one’s life to God and His Holy Catholic Church
The Theological Virtue of Faith is a gift from God which helps a man to believe in and commit himself to God and His Holy Catholic Church, and is opposed by various sins against Faith including Doubt, Incredulity, Heresy, Apostasy, Schism and Blasphemy. The gift of the Virtue of Faith is supernaturally strengthened by the Gifts of Understanding and Knowledge which also protect a man against falling way from God.
The Theological Virtue of Hope is a gift from God which helps a man to trust in God’s Divine Dominion and Providence and that a man can receive the true and lasting happiness Jesus promises in this life and the next. The Virtue of Hope is opposed by the sins of Despair and Presumption. The gift of the Virtue of Hope is supernaturally strengthened by the Gifts of the Fear of the Lord and Knowledge which help protect a man from failing to trust and hope in God.
The Theological Virtue of Charity is a gift from God which helps a man to sacrifice himself to love God and his neighbor. The Virtue of Charity is opposed by the sins of Indifference, Ingratitude, Lukewarmness, Acedia and Hatred of God. The gift of the Virtue of Charity is supernaturally strengthened by the Gift of Wisdom which helps a man remain close to God and fills his mind with the desire and ability to love God and others.