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'''Virtue''' (Greek α�?ετηαρετή; Latin ''virtus'') is the habitual, well-established, readiness or disposition of man's powers directing them to some goodness of act.{{ref|1}} Virtue is moral excellence of a man or a woman. The word α�?ετη αρετή is derived from the Greek arete (α�?ετηαρετή). As applied to humans, a virtue is a good character trait. The Latin word ''virtus'' literally means "manliness," from ''vir'', "man" in the masculine sense; and referred originally to masculine, warlike virtues such as courage. In one of the many ironies of etymology, in English the word "virtue" is often used to refer to a woman's chastity.
In the Greek it is more properly called ηθικη α�?ετηηθική αρετή, or "habitual excellence." It is something practiced at all times. The virtue of perseverance is needed for all and any virtue since it is a habit of character and must be used continuously in order for any person to maintain oneself in virtue. The Orthodox Church teaches that the body, as well as the soul, must be trained and disciplined because man is a unity of soul and body. [[Fasting]] and self-control are the primary source of all good and the foundation of acquiring virtue.
==Likeness of God==
The virtues, often called the fruits of the Spirit, include:
*[[Faith]] - The weakness and absence of faith in God is rooted in sin, impurity and [[pride]].
*[[Hope]] - Hope is the assurance of the good outcome of our lives lived by faith in God.
*[[Knowledge]] - Knowledge of God is the aim and goal of man's life, the purpose of his creation by God.
*[[Wisdom]] - The wise man is the one who sees clearly and deeply into the mysteries of God.
*[[Honesty]] - To be truthful at all times and lacking in hypocrisy.
*[[Humility]] – ([[Meekness]]) To see reality as it actually is in God. It means to know oneself and others as known by God.
*[[Obedience]] - To do the will of God is glory and life.
*[[Patience]] (Diligence) - To put up with one's self and others, growing gradually in the grace of God through the daily effort to keep His commandments and to accomplish His will.
*[[Gratitude]] (Contentment) - The spiritual person is the one who is grateful for everything.
*[[Love]] - The greatest virtue of all is love. If we do not love one another, we cannot love God, for God is love.
*[[Wikipedia:Virtue|''Virtue'' at Wikipedia]]
<sup>{{note|1}}</sup> ''New Catholic Encyclopedia'', Catholic University of America, 1967. p. 704.
==External link==
*[ "The Virtues"] from ''The Orthodox Faith: Spirituality'' by Fr. [[Thomas Hopko]]

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