Faith, Hope, and Charity -- Bas relief sculpture of the three theological virtues.
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Title:Faith, Hope, and Charity -- Bas relief sculpture of the three theological virtues

"The theological virtues are so called because they enable the individual to relate directly to God, whereas the moral virtues have as their objects the proper use and control of our faculties in relation to those things that can serve as a means to personal holiness and eternal life. Thus, by faith we believe in God and accept all that he has revealed; by hope we trust God to be faithful to his promises if we correspond to his grace; by charity we love God as our perfect good and ultimate end.The three theological virtues are the Christian virtues par excellence, and yet they are not understood or appreciated by those who live according to purely human standards, though these same persons may admire the moral virtues of justice, prudence, fortitude, and temperance. The reason is that the theological virtues draw us away from the natural order to the divine and the supernatural. Faith looks beyond the horizons of human knowledge and clings to the truths and mysteries revealed by God in Jesus Christ; hope causes us to regard the things of this world of little worth when compared to the life of glory to which we are called; charity impels us to love God above all else and to love all else in God, rejecting anything that is an obstacle to that love."- -Jordan Aumann OP -- (courtesy Lawrence OP)

Building:St. Giles Cathedral
Object/Function:Relief sculpture
Country:United Kingdom

Scripture:Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19
Timothy I, 2:1-7
Lectionary links:AProp11
General Subject:Faith

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Attribution:Faith, Hope, and Charity -- Bas relief sculpture of the three theological virtues, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 4, 2022]. Original source:
Record Number:55156 Last Updated: 2022-03-23 06:18:59 Record Created: 2012-02-28 13:31:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition