CHRISTIAN VIRTUES AND  DUTIES
The four CARDINAL virtues  which form the foundation of  character are : WISDOM, FORTITUDE, TEMPERANCE and JUSTICE.
These virtues are natural to all mankind. They are Christian when they are perceived as fruits of the Spirit to help in the pilgrimage to our eternal home. 
The three THEOLOGICAL virtues are FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY. These are gifts from God. Our salvation is by faith, faith that Christ has redeemed and imparted His righteousness to us. Hope is dependent upon our faith in Christ. Love is the greatest of all virtues as it enables us to act as Christ would. In 1Corinthians 13 Paul reveals what love entails.
The twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit are:
1. Love                 7. Faith
2. Joy                   8. Meekness
3. Peace               9. Patience
4. Long-suffering   10. Modesty
5. Gentleness       11. Temperance
6. Goodness         12. Chastity
The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy
1. To instruct the ignorant.
2. To correct offenders.
3. To counsel the doubtful.
4. To comfort the afflicted.
5. To suffer injuries with patience
6. To forgive offences and wrongs.
7. To pray for others.
The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy
1. To feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty.
2. To clothe the naked.
3. To harbour the stranger.
4. To visit the sick.
5. To minister to prisoners.
6. To visit the fatherless and widows.
7. To bury the dead.
The Seven deadly sins and their counterpart virtues
1. Pride                       Humility
2. Covetousness           Liberality
3. Lust                         Chastity
4. Jealousy/Envy          Gentleness
5. Gluttony                  Temperance
6. Anger                      Patience
7. Laziness/Sloth         Diligence          
SUBJECTS FOR DAILY MEDITATION AND PRAYER
Remember, Christian soul, that you have this day, and every day of your life:
              God to glorify.
              Jesus to imitate.
              A soul to save.
              A body to mortify.
              Sin to repent of.
              Virtues to acquire.
              Hell to avoid.
              Heaven to gain.
              Eternity to prepare for.
              Time to profit by.
              Neighbours to edify.
              Worldly standards to despise.
              Devils to combat.
              Passions to subdure.
              Death to prepare for.
              Judgment to undergo.
      
To The Life of Christ
The Three Noble Duties
1. Prayer
2. Fasting
3. Almsgiving
  The Three Parts of True Confession
  1. Preparation to ascertain one's sins
  2. Confessing those before a priest
  3. Contrition and a genuine desire to overcome sins
The Seven Penitential Psalms
1. Psalm 6; 2. Psalm 32; 3. Psalm 38;
4. Pslam 53; 5. Psalm 102; 6. Psalm 130;
7. Psalm 143.
The minimum TEN obligations and duties
1. To pray daily. 2. To attend Mass on Sundays and other days of obligations.
3. To make confession at least once a year. 4. To take Communion at least at Eastertide.
5. To fast at least an hour before receiving the Sacrament.  6.To keep Fast Days.
7. To read the Scriptures regularly.  8.To love God and our neighbour.
9. To do acts of mercy. 10. To live selflessly.

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Marianne Dorman
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GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT RECEIVED
AT CONFIRMATION

1. WISDOM
2. UNDERSTANDING
3. COUNSEL
4. GHOSTLY STRENGTH
5. KNOWLEDGE
6. GODLINESS
7. HOLY FEAR