We begin our reflections upon the Virtues with the first of the ‘theological virtues’.
Newman, our founder in England, has some pithy definitions for each of the Virtues. He defined Faith as ‘The mind’s perception of heavenly things, arising from trust in the truth of the word’.
For each virtue we look also at its opposite, and we illustrate the depictions of virtues and vices so insightfully depicted by Giotto, the Father of the Renaissance, from the Scrovegni chapel in Padua.
Giotto depicts Faith looking into the distance, over our heads, while holding the Cross and the Scriptures. With these alongside him, he is able to ‘see beyond’ earthly concerns.