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Fortitude is the courage to stand up for what is right, even in the face of pressure. It is an important virtue because it empowers us to protect, speak up for, and do what is needed for our family and our society. In our lives many situations arise in which it becomes difficult to do the right thing, even when we know what it is. There may be all sorts of reasons for why it is disagreeable to act according to what we know is best. In order to stay strong, to do what is good, we need the third cardinal virtue, known alternately as fortitude, courage, or bravery. This is the virtue by which we do the right thing, even in the midst of hardship.