Heroic Virtue Questionnaire

A canonized saint should be an example of heroic virtue, so the following seven virtues are the basis of the questionnaire. I found it here, and although I’m not sure if it is from an authentic Church document, I still found the questionnaire sobering enough to share it and use it as a road map for progress in virtue.
Heroic Virtue Questionnaire


  1. Were denial of his own will and internal mortification characteristics of the servant of God?
  2. Did he restrain the motions of anger?
  3. Did he bear persecution with meekness and patience?
  4. Was he unduly tenacious of his own opinion?
  5. Was he sparing in the use of food and drink?
  6. Did he observe the fasts of the Church?
  7. Did he indulge in long hours of sleep?
  8. Was his bed uncomfortable or comfortable?
  9. Was he anxious to be well clothed and well housed?
  10. Did he neglect the comforts of life?
  11. Did he mortify the senses?
  12. Did he love solitude and silence?
  13. Was he modest in demeanor?


  1. Was he strong and faithful in his duty of his office, tireless in his work, patient in persecution, injury, calumny trouble of mind? Has he born all these in a cheerful spirit?
  2. Was he always, himself, not elated by prosperity or depressed by adversity?
  3. Did he despise the honors, riches and pleasures of world?
  4. Did he constantly defend the rites of the church and restrain the immorality of wicked men?


  1. Was he affable and friendly towards others?
  2. Was he subject to parents and superiors?
  3. Did he show himself grateful for favors received and did he strive to excite gratitude in others?
  4. Did he discharge with Justice the office committed to him, avoiding all favoritism?
  5. Did he temper the severity of justice with kindness that no one could ever have just cause of complaint against him?
  6. Did he render unto God due honor and obedience?
  7. Did he pay veneration to the saints?
  8. Did he accept the decrees of the Supreme Pontiffs with proper respect and reverence?
  9. Was he exact in observance of sacred rites and ceremonies of the church?
  10. Did he endeavor to promote the worship of God?
  11. Did he respect rights of all and give what is due to them?
  12. Did he hate usery and fraud of all kind?


  1. Did he direct all his actions to the attainment of eternal glory as his last end through the necessary and useful means?
  2. Did he love simplicity?
  3. Was he sincere and true in thought and word and did he hate all duplicity and falsehood?
  4. Did he seek the advice of prudent men and act on it?
  5. Were all his acts good and did he first invoke divine aid for there due performance?
  6. Did he have deep hatred of idleness as a source of vice and did he love meditation and solitude?


  1. Did he often return thanks to God for being born in the bosom of the Catholic Church or that he received the grace of conversion to it and pray that all would be brought within Her fold?
  2. Did he burn with the desire of propagating the Faith?
  3. Did he teach truths of Christianity to the faithful and did he teach the Catechism?
  4. Did he rejoice when some erring soul was converted to the Catholic Faith?
  5. Did he grieve when church suffered loss or persecution?
  6. Was the decoration of the house of God dear to him in the observance of the sacred ceremonies?
  7. Did he show a devotion to the blessed virgin and endeavor to propagate it? How?
  8. Did he pray long and frequently in front of the Blessed Sacrament?
  9. Did he show a tender devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ?
  10. Did he often meditate on this mystery? With what fervor and piety? Did he strive enkindle this devotion in others?
  11. Did he burn with the desire of shedding his blood for the Truths of the Faith?
  12. Did he venerate the Sacred Scriptures and the writings of the Holy Fathers?
  13. Did he obey the laws of the Church and the commands of his superiors?
  14. Did he show honor to the Sovereign Pontiff and all ministers of God
  15. Did he desire to gain indulgences?
  16. Did he hate all bad books and those opposed to the Faith?
  17. Did he frequently approach the sacraments of Penance and the Blessed Eucharist?


  1. Did he firmly hope for salvation from the merits of Christ our Lord?
  2. Did he despise the things of the world and how did he show his contempt?
  3. In trying circumstances did he place his trust in God alone and have recourse to prayer?
  4. Did he show his hope in God by ardent and pious exclamations?
  5. Did he raise up others to confidence in God??
  6. Did he show a desire by word and work to suffer for eternal life?
  7. Did he rejoice that the new life is the beginning of true life?
  8. With what confidence did he practice good works?
  9. In adversity was he resigned to believe the goodness of God and the designs of His providence?
  10. Did he direct his desires and all his actions to God as his last end?
  11. Did he bear cheerfully adversity and persecution?
  12. Did he desire, with St. Paul to be dissolved and be with Christ?
  13. Did he bear infirmity and suffering with a joyous spirit


  1. Did he pray often for the conversion of sinners?
  2. What were his relations towards his enemies?
  3. Did he forgive his enemies, receive them meekly and pray for them?
  4. Did he prevent discord?
  5. Had he at heart the good name of others?
  6. With what frequency and fervor did he offer up prayers for the souls of the deceased?
  7. Did he strive to comfort the afflicted?
  8. Did he excuse, when opportune, the defects of his neighbors?
  9. What was his attitude towards the sick?
  10. Did he love the poor, help them according to his ability and strive to induce others to assist them?
  11. Did he instruct the ignorant and give counsel to those in doubt?
  12. Was he devoted to the spiritual and physical wellbeing of the sick?
  13. Did he admonish sinners and restore peace and concord among the quarrelsome?
  14. Did he hate sin and take care to preserve himself free from every defect?
  15. Did he speak often of God?
  16. Was his mind always fixed on God and in union with God and by what acts, words or aspirations was this union made manifest?
  17. Was his prayer constant and fervent?
  18. Did he remain long in front of the Blessed Sacrament?
  19. Did he lead others to the practice of prayer? How?
  20. Did he often meditate of passion of Christ? By what acts did he show his devotion to the passion?
  21. Prevent the commission of sin and feel sorry for it when committed by others?
  22. How did he show devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary ?
  23. Endeavor to enflame others with charity towards God?
  24. Did he by fasting and mortification bring the flesh into subjection that he might be more pleasing to God?
  25. Had he a supernatural desire for affliction, contradiction, contempt and how did he bear them?
  26. Did he endeavor with all his might to excite others to praise the divine goodness?

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