Jesus commands us to have courage. “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” It is interesting that courage is not specifically listed as a theological or cardinal virtue, not one of the seven virtues to counter the seven deadly sins, not on the list of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. But obviously, since Jesus commanded it, courage is important. To understand courage I thought of my immigrant forebears who risked everything to come to an unknown land to live among strangers. They wanted a better life for themselves and their families and had the courage to act. We can define courage, therefore, as a hope that leads one to take action.