Humility: The Foundational, Primary Virtue

by Jayson M. Brunelle

As practicing Christians, we have many virtues that we strive to attain or maintain.  Firstly, we have the most important set of virtues, or those that are referred to as the theological virtues due to their supernatural character and origin: faith, hope and charity – “and the greatest of these is charity.”  Secondly, Christian Tradition presents us with the four cardinal virtues which, although not supernatural in origin, can be divinized.  These are prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance.  Generally speaking, when discussing the Christian virtues, these are the ones that are most commonly referred to.  Yet, there exists a monumental, foundational and primary virtue that, at least in popular culture, has lamentably fallen by the wayside, due, in large part, to a great confusion regarding and misunderstanding of it’s true nature.  The virtue I am speaking of is none other than humility. (more…)