Word of the Week: Fortitude

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  1. Strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage
Tree RootsRoot: From the Latin word fortitudo.  In Latin this means “strength”.

“The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause.” – CCC 1808

Did you know:

Fortitude is one of seven Christian heavenly virtues.  The others are Faith, Hope, Love, Prudence, Justice and Temperance.

MAya Angelou

“Courage [fortitude] is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou

How strong is your fortitude?

Do you have the fortitude to achieve the goals you set for yourself this year? Courage, like biceps, is a muscle that must be exercised to remain strong.  When you practice fortitude in the little things, it will make using it during the large trials easier.  So, speak up in that meeting.  Take a chance in that relationship.  Stand firm and have fortitude.  You can do it.

Michelle Obama

“Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.” – Michelle Obama


This week, your word is Fortitude

Let’s see it in a couple of sentences

  • We admire our soldiers for their fortitude in battle.
  • He suffered through cancer with dignity and fortitude.

 Go forth, friends. Words are powerful. Use them well.


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