Virtue of the Week – Strength

Virtue of the Week – Strength

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.


Strength is the inner power to withstand whatever comes. It is our capacity to endure in the midst of tests. We grow in strength as we tackle life’s challenges with courage and determination. We deepen in strength when we choose gentleness and practice patience. We stay strong when we recognize that suffering is a thread woven through the design of our lives, not to make us unhappy, but to transform us with grace.

Quote: “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. –Helen Keller

“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.” –Susan Gale

The Practice of Strength

I have the power to endure my tests.

I willingly face the challenges of my life.

I have the courage to persevere.

I cultivate gentleness and patience.

I understand the purpose of suffering.

I trust the value of transformation.

I am thankful for the gift of Strength.  It empowers my soul.

  • How can strength help our social justice work?
  • Recall a time you had to rely on strength to face a challenge—how were you transformed because of it?
  • What helps you face challenges in your life?
  • How can gentleness and patience help cultivate strength?
  • What do you need to practice sincerity?

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