Full List of Virtues – From Father Ripperger

Here is a list of the virtues and corresponding vices copied from Father Ripperger’s talk, found here (beginning at 9:20). Support this great priest!

The 4 Infused Virtues – Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance
The 3 Theological Virtues – Faith, Hope and Charity

Why grow in virtue? Because it makes you good and inclines you to good action:
“St. Thomas says virtue does two things to a person: it makes the haver of the virtue good, in other words, it perfects him. Various faculties of his soul are perfected. They’re rightly ordered. They’re directed towards the ends which they’re supposed to be. So it makes you actually good. And then he says it inclines towards good action. So the person who is virtuous is the person who’s just inclined to do the right thing at the right moment and that actually makes him good.”

All words below are Father Ripperger’s:

Infused Virtues

“There are 3 kinds of infused virtues. The first are the moral infused virtues and that’s what we’ll spend most of the time on tonight. And then there are the theological. There’s also another infused kind of habit it’s called the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The theological of course are faith, hope, and charity.

They’re infused, so if you remember, when you’re in the state of grace and you’re trying to advance in holiness, but when you’re in the state of grace God infuses in you all of the infused virtues, all of them. Here’s a list:

Moral Infused Virtues


Integral parts of Prudence (knowing the means to attain the end)

1. Memory (memoria): the virtue by which one remembers the right things pertaining to the action and its circumstances

2. Understanding (intellectus): the ability to grasp practical principles and the nature of various situations

3. Docility (docilitas): ability to be lead and take counsel from others

4. Shrewdness (solertia): quickness in arriving at the means to the end

5. Reason (ratio): ability to reason about practical matters; the ability to apply universal practical principles to particular situations

6. Foresight (providential): ability to see future outcomes of actions based upon past experience

7. Circumspection (circumspectio): virtue by which one keeps track of one’s circumstances

8. Caution (cautio): application of knowledge of the past to action in order to avoid impediments and evils

Potential parts of Prudence

1. Good Counsel (eubulia): the habit of taking good counsel

2. Synesis: the ability to know what to do when the common law applies

3. Gnome: the ability to know what to do when the common law does not apply

Vices contrary to Prudence

1. Precipitation: the vice in which one does not take counsel (results in acting too quickly)

2. Inconsideration: the vice in which one does not judge which means is the best among the various means arrived at during counsel

3. Inconsistancy: a vice in which one does not command or do the action which has been counseled and judged as the best

4. Negligence: failure to take counsel or a failure to do what one should when he ought

5. Carnal prudence: the vice in which one applies one’s reason to arrive at means to attain created goods which are seen as one’s final end

6. Craftiness (asturtia): industry in not using the right or true means to an end

7. Guile (dolus): the habit of deceit (usually in words)

8. Fraud (fraus): the habit of deceit (usually in deeds)

Justice (render another his due)

1. Commutative: justice between individuals

2. Legal: justice of the individual to the common good

3. Distributive: justice of those in charge of the common good to the individual

4. Restitution: the habit by which one pays back what one owes

5. Religion: the virtue by which we render to God what is due to Him

6. Devotion: the habit by which one has a prompt will to do those things pertaining to the service of God

7. Prayer: the act (also a virtue) of lifting one’s mind and heart to God

8. Adoration: the act (also a virtue) by which one exhibits due reverence to God

9. Sacrifice: an act (also a virtue) by which one offers to God some good in the form of oblation

10. Vow: binding oneself by means of a promise to doing something (usually in relation to the service of God)

11. Adjuration: the swearing or taking of an oath, such as in a court of law

12. Piety: the virtue by which one renders to one’s parends due honor and reverence

13. Observances: making acts of religion

14. Dulia: giving due honor to one’s superiors

15. Obedience: promptness of will to do the will of one’s superior

16. Gratitude or Thankfulness: appreciation (normally expressed) to a benefactor for some gift given

17. Just vindication: the havit by which one puts an end to the harm caused by others

18. Truthfulness (in english: honesty): the habit of telling the truth

19. Friendship or affability: the virtue by which one is able to be befriended

20. Liberality: the use of one’s surplus means to aid the poor

21. Epieikeia: the virtue by which one knows the mind of the legislator

Vices against Justice

1. Acceptation of person (human respect): excessive deference paid to someone

2. Murder: unjust killing of the innocent

3. Mutilation: physical harm or changes made to one’s body aside from the order of nature

4. Theft: occult taking of that which belongs to another

5. Robbery: non-occult (usually violent) taking of that which belongs to another

6. Judgement: judging him over whom one does not have authority or

7. False accusation: accusing somebody of something that is false

8. Perjury: lying under oath

9. Contumely: attach on a person’s reputation (usually done in their presence – normally it is the saying of something false to destroy someone’s reputation)

10. Detraction: saying something true in order to destroy someone’s reputation

11. Murmuring: occult detraction in order to separate the affections of one person from another

12. Derision: laughing at another in order to lower him in the estimation of others

13. Malediction (cursing): calling down condemnation on something or someone

14. Usury: the taking of (excessive) interest on a loan

15. Illicit adjuration: swearing an oath outside his due circumstances

16. Superstition: the rendering of some honor or some practice to a creature which is due only to God

17. Idolatry: worshiping some created thing as God

18. Divination (and witchcraft): the use of the demonic in order to achieve something, such as knowledge of the future, hidden knowledge, to gain power over something, etc.

19. Tempting God

20. Sacrilege: ill use or abuse of something sacred

21. Simony: the purchasing or selling of something sacred

22. Disobedience: a lack of promptness to do the will of one’s superiors

23. Vengefulness: inordinate desire for vindication (inordinate desire to cause harm to another in order to put an end to the harm he is causing)

24. Lying: saying the false in order to deceive

25. Simulation, sometimes called hypocrisy: doing the false in order to deceive

26. Boasting: the drawing of attention to or the exaggeration of one’s perfections

27. Ingratitude: lack of appreciation for the benefit granted by a benefactor

28. Irony: the lowering of oneself below one’s state usually in speech.

29. Adulation: the use of speech whereby one flatters another

30. Litigious: excessive desire or practice of taking someone to court

31. Avarice: excessive desire to make and hold onto money or wealth

32. Prodigality or wastefulness: lack of sufficient desire to hold onto one’s money or the excessive use of something outside what is necessary.

Fortitude (the Willingness to engage the arduous)

1. Magnanimity: the virtue by which one seeks excellence in all things but especially great things

2. Magnificence: the virtue by which one uses his wealth to do great things

3. Patience: the ability to suffer evils

4. Perseverance: the virtue by which one persists in the arduous good until the end is achieved

5. Longanimity: longness of soul; the ability to await the good

Vice contra Fortitude

1. fear: the vice in which one has an unmoderated passion arising from the perception of future evil

2. fearlessness: lack of moderated fear

3. audacity: excessive aggressiveness toward imminent danger without reasonable fear

4. presumption: thinking one can attain some end which is beyond him without aid, usually from God

5. ambition: striving for honor above one’s excellence

6. inane glory: seeking honor in those things unworthy of honor

7. pusillanimity: smallness of soul; the habit of not striving for excellence

8. parvificience or stinginess: unwillingness to use one’s wealth to do great things

9. mollities or softness (effeminacy): an unwillingness to put aside pleasure in order to engage the arduous

10. pertinacity: excessive clinging to one’s assertions or intellectual convictions

Temperance (the virtue which moderates the pleasures of touch)

1. Shame: fear of being percieved as lowly

2. Honestia: the habit of always seeking to do what is virtuous in each situation (may also be called integrity)

3. Abstinence: refraining from the eating of certain kinds of food

4. Fasting: refraining from eating good in general

5. Sobriety: the virtue by which one has moderated use of alcohol

6. Chastity: the virtue which moderates the pleasures of touch in relation to those matters pertaining to the 6th Commandment

7. Virginity: the habit of mind or soul which always refrains from taking delight, even interiorly, from pleasures associated with the 6th Commandment

8. Continence: a virtue of the will by which one remains steadfast despite the tumult of the appetites (usually in relation to matters pertaining to the 6th Commandment

9. Clemency or meekness: moderation of the delight of vindication (of anger)

10. Modesty Proper: the virtue in which one’s externals do not draw others into sins against the 6th and 9th Commandment

11. Humility: willingness to live in accordance with the truth; refraint of the irascible appetite from striving for excellence beyond one’s state; not judging oneself greater than he is

12. Eutrapelia: the virtue of right recreation

13. Decorum: the virtue in which one’s externals suits person and circumstances

14. Silence: the virtue by which one does not speak unless necessary; also the virtue in which one seeks to have interior quiet of the appetites

15. Studiosity: the virtue in which one pursues knowledge according to one’s state in life

16. Simplicity: the virtue in which one moderates one externals as to quantity (having neither more than is necessary nor less)

Vices against Temperance

1. Gluttony: eating to excess

2. Drunkenness: drinking alcohol to excess

3. Lust: illicity desire for the pleasures pertaining to the 6th Commandment

4. Fornication: conjugal relations by the unmarried

5. Mutual acts outside the marriage state: foreplay by those outside of marriage

6. Rape: conjugal relations outside of marriage under the duress of violence

7. Adultery: conjugal relations between two people, of which at least one is married to someone else

8. Incest: conjugal relations between blood relatives

9. Incontinence: lack of steadfastness because of the tumult of the appetites

10. Anger: a vice in which one does not moderate the passion of anger; an inordinate desire for vindication arising from unmoderated sorrow at some offense

11. Cruelty: unmoderated vindication with respect to external actions

12. Pride: unwillingness to live in accordance with the truth; excessive striving for excellence beyond one’s state; judging oneself greater than he is

13. Curiosity: inordinate desire for useless or profane knowledge

14. Crudity: lack of etiquette or manners

15. Immodesty: lack of moderation regarding one’s externals

Theological Virtues

Faith (the virtue by which one gives assent to the deposit of faith)

Vices against faith

1. Infidelity: lack of belief in the deposit of faith

2. Heresy: lack of belief in one or more of the doctrines of faith

3. Apostasy: rejection of the faith entirely by someone already baptized

4. Blasphemy: denigration of something sacred by means of speech

Hope (the virtue by which one awaits beatitude and has confidence in God’s aid

Vices against hope

1. desperation: lack of confidence in God’s ability to save someone or to aid him

2. presumption: excessive confidence in one’s own capacities beyond one’s abilities to achieve some end

Charity (the virtue by which one loves God and one’s neighbor for the sake of God)

Vices contrary to charity

1. Hatred of God

2. Sloth: unwillingness to engage the arduous in order to achieve some excellence

3. Envy: desire to have something possessed by another in such a manner that the other no longer possesses it

4. Discord: the vice in which one knowingly and intentionally dissents from the divine good and good of his neighbor (a vice in which one does not seek union of wills)

5. Contention: the habit of contrariety in speech

6. Schism: lack of submission to the authority of the Church, especially the pope and bishops

7. Unjust war: the waging of battle without due cause

8. Quarreling (rixa): contrariety in deeds (private warring, sometimes called fueding)

9. Scandal: the drawing of another into sin or the placing of an impediment of the assent of faith on behalf of another

8 thoughts on “Full List of Virtues – From Father Ripperger”

  1. Thank you so much for the full list of virtues. May God bless you in your work. I will keep you in my prayers.. Sincerely Henrietta

  2. Michele KLIMECKI

    Thank you, Father Ripperger for thoughts and clarifications…your books and videos were referred to me by one of your fans, Richard Thurlow…

  3. Veronica Mizenko

    Dear Father Ripperger,
    Thank you for helping me come back to God, and the Blessed Mother. I’ve been away for about 20+ years. Before that I was a fair weather catholic at best. You, along with Fr. Alar, and a few others have been opening my eyes, my heart and my soul to the love of God, his Divine Mercy and our Holy Mother Church. I’m learning how to, not only forgive others, but to forgive myself. I do believe in the power of prayer! I heard you speak about saying the Angelus at 6-12-6 and my mind and prayer life are getting so much better. I pray for you and Fr. Alar all the time. I joined St. Gabriel’s Church and Fr. Kevin Miller is a God send! You have been very instrumental in bringing me back. May The Blessed Mother and God protect you and all who are fighting to save our souls. Thank You , Veronica

  4. i am so grateful for Fr Ripperger posting these 64 virtues and the vices…it has introduced me to concepts i did not know existed….has helped me to grow so so much…what a blessing and a grace…..john kussmann

    1. Just want to make sure that everyone knows that this site is not run by Fr. Ripperger, I’m just a big fan of his also, and hope this list helps others.
      I noticed recently that there are 60 total virtues and sub-virtues, which corresponds to appx one per week. It might be a good way to go through them – learning and praying for the grace to obtain one for every week of the year.

  5. 3. audacity: excessive aggressiveness toward imminent danger without reasonable fear

    What if God is calling one to a pilgrimage which people may consider it as dangerous and bold yet the missionary has enough faith in God which allows the missionary to not fear the danger?

    Of course granted that the missionary knows that the fearlessness and confidence is truly a grace from God and not from one’s own strength since the flesh would be fighting against this particular pilgrimage(war zone) to want to help those in need.

    Thank you Father. God Bless.

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