Friday, October 29, 2010

Virtues and Vices

A few times I have used the Boy Scout Law, ("A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.") as a good list of desirable traits for one to develop.  Somewhere this week I saw something about a list of virtues, Googled that, and found that The Catholic Church lists seven virtues, three of them "theological" and four "cardinal."  One thing led to another and next thing I knew I was toying around with a chart to display the virtues, gifts of the Holy Spirit, fruits of the Holy Spirit, and even the seven "capital" sins, all as taught in the Catholic Catechism.  This is what I came up with.  Actually that Boy Scout Law is a pretty good list summarizing the virtues, gifts, and fruits.  Putting the Grace of God in the center just seemed like a good idea to me.


  1. PERFECT! Exactly what I have been looking for as a visual for all these points! Thank you!

  2. This is WONDERFUL, both for me personally and in my job as a youth minister!!

  3. This is a great visual I appreciate the work done. May I use this.

  4. This is really good - thank you. Sadly it's hard to find pre-made graphic organizers that correctly display the virtues and gifts!

  5. This is really fantastic and exactly what I was looking for. I'm creating a podcast discussing well-known fictional characters in terms of virtues and vices from a Catholic perspective. May I use this as a reference?

  6. Thanks. You are free to use it so long as you provide a link to your source.

    1. Can you give an explanation on this graph why you put things where?

  7. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

    Fruit of the Spirit
    Galatians 5:22-23 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

    Gifts of the Spirit
    1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

    There are slightly different versions in the Bible. All are summarized ins the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

  8. And of course God is the center and the further away from God we are, the more likely we are to be immersed in and controlled by temptations and sin.

    And more here from the Catechism on virtues: