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The Cardinal Virtues

Who can express the bond of the charity of God? Who can express the splendor of its beauty?

St. Clement I, Letter to the Corinthians. fl. 96

If the work of God could be comprehended by reason, it would no longer be wonderful, and faith would have no merit if reason provided proof.

St. Gregory I the Great, Homilies on the Gospels, c. 590

The most important and necessary thing in the Church of God is faith.

Pius II, De Summo Pontifice, 1460

God rewards nothing but charity; for charity alone honors God.

Clement XI, Unigenitus, September 8, 1713

Though faith is above reason, there can never be found a real contradiction or disagreement between them.

Pius IX, Qui Pluribus, 1846

There is nothing more certain than our faith, nothing safer, nothing more holy, nothing that rests on firmer principles.

Pius XI, Qui Pluribus, 1846

No human devices can ever be found to supplant Christian charity, which gives itself entirely for the benefit of others.

Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, May 15, 1891

Belief in God is the unshaken foundation of all social order and of all responsible action on earth.

Pius XI Caritate Christi Compulsi, May 3, 1932

In matters of faith, compromise is in contradiction with God Who is the Truth.

John Paul II, Ut Unum Sint, May 25, 1995