Fortitude is "the strength of mind, moral, physical or structural strength that allows one to endure pain or adversity with unyielding courage."

Fortitude is an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, a virtue and a Via Christa Degree under the principles of Power and energy.

Edna Lister on Fortitude

Pray for fortitude and endurance to continue in the Way of the Soul's Ascent, which is sacrificing the "little" of earth to gain the "much" of heaven. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 1, 1938.

It takes great fortitude, backed by a burning desire for God, to raise ascension of the soul from being a long, drawn-out process and struggle into an act that holds fast to its expression from the higher creative center of "I AM" consciousness. You must completely give up lower self indulgences without having to think about it first. Use that one instant in every situation to move up in consciousness, with never a backward look or thought. – Edna Lister, Faith: The Challenger, 1953.

Always taking the blame for everything that comes to you, never blaming another for anything, requires the greatest possible fortitude. Above all, it takes this great fortitude to call down upon your life the Name of God on earth: Good. – Edna Lister, Faith: The Challenger, 1953.

You must have the intestinal fortitude to lift all manners of lines of Light, declare them good and hold, until they are anchored in heaven again. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 30, 1957.

"Intestinal fortitude" gives soul the power to exercise choice. – Edna Lister, The Bond of Spirit, October 6, 1957.

Soul confidence begets fortitude. – Edna Lister, Manifestation, May 24, 1959.

Fortitude is standing on principle, holding fast to truth and knowing that God works all things together for good. – Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism, October 6, 1959.

Fortitude is holding fast to your principles. – Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism, October 6, 1959.

You either gain in endurance and fortitude or end up in weakness and self-pity. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 24, 1962.

Instability is the opposite pole of fortitude, and "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways." – James 1:8. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 15, 1963.

You must be strong to give others stability and security. Pay no attention to evil or a lack of appearance of good. Practice the three Gs: grit, guts and grin. It takes intestinal fortitude and you must speak boldly. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 4, 1966.

Absolute fortitude says "Father, thank You that You are doing the work." – Edna Lister, The Blind Man at the Pool of Siloam, December 6, 1970.

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Etymology of fortitude: Latin fortitdo, from fortis, "strong."

Fortitude is an abstract principle.

Fortitude is a law of being.

Fortitude is a law of doing.

Fortitude is a soul virtue.

Fortitude is a Via Christa Degree.


Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.
Francis Bacon

Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. – Winston Churchill, Speech given at Harrow School, Harrow, England, October 29, 1941


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Churchill, Sir Winston. Churchill by Himself. Richard M. Langworth, editor. 2008, 23.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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