The Virtue of the Week– Fortitude

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Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.


Fortitude is strength of character. It is the will to endure no matter what

happens, with courage, confidence, and patience. Fortitude is deeply rooted in the bedrock of our will. We cultivate it by strengthening our resolve to face whatever comes. It springs from devotion to a purpose we believe to be real and important. It grows as we face and overcome insurmountable obstacles. It keeps us going. Our fortitude can astonish us.

Quote: “Hold your precious heart steadfast in fortitude until the siege is passed and you will be duly nourished.” –Anonymous

The Practice of Fortitude

I have the will to survive.

I have the patience to endure.

I am guided by a clear purpose.

I know what I care about.

Whatever life brings makes me stronger.

I have amazing endurance.

I am thankful for the gift of Fortitude

It is the strength of my soul.

Questions for Discussion

  • What do we need in order to have the patience to endure difficult social justice conversations?
  • What is our guiding purpose in our social justice work?
  • What can we do to strengthen our endurance as a community?
  • What does fortitude look like in your strongest relationships?

Virtues Matter was started by a passionate wife-husband team of social entrepreneurs seeking to positively uplift as many lives as possible. We aim to inspire and empower, to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and help everyone lead lives of passion and purpose.

Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage, and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtues skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit