Virtue of the Week: Certitude

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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.

Certitude is an attitude of faith, confidence and certainty. It is taking bold steps forward after discerning what we believe to be true, and trusting that all will be well.

We don’t allow the fads and ways of the world to control us. We hear a higher calling. We lead our lives by moral principles.

Certitude begins by deeply exploring a belief or decision through prayer and contemplation. When clarity comes, we act as if it is true.

Certitude helps us to engage our will and take decisive action. Each step we take is sure and unwavering. Even if we stumble or fail, we don’t allow doubt to distract us from what we know.Certitude helps us to be sure.

Quote: “There is a greater certitude in divine faith than in any human science.” Encyclopedia Of Catholicism

The Practice of Certitude
I have faith in what I believe.
I don’t allow the world to define my values.
I am the leader of my life.
I pray for assurance.
I have the will to act with certainty.
I persevere in service of my purpose.

I am thankful for the gift of Certitude. It is my guiding light.

Questions for discussion
– Is there a bold step that our community is reluctant to take?
– What would it look like to take that step?
– How do we invite clarity into our community?
– When exploring social justice, how do we act in certainty?
– How are our values defined in our community?

The Virtues Project is provided by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands in partnership with Virtues Matter.

Virtues Matter was started by a 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