There is no doubt that original Christianity was secret, metaphysical, only for the initiated, unlike modern counterfeits which preserve nothing of this and have fallen to Marxist politics and a false morality. According to the church fathers, doctrine was taught in three degrees: hearers, catechumens, and the faithful, the latter alone comprising of initiates capable of participating in the sacrificial Mysteries, where at the opening the deacon cried aloud, “Sancta sanctis; foris canes” (“The sacred for the sacred; dogs be gone”). It is also in this sense that Clement of Alexandria says, “It is for certain chosen men, who have been allowed to pass from faith to gnosis, that the sacred mysteries of wisdom have been preserved under the veil of parables.” This means that the intrinsic virtues are centered in God, not man, which is to say that they are symbolic of spiritual realization.

True humility is the impersonal detachment from the ego, which allows man to reach the center of being and beyond; whereas a false humility is associated with guilt and humiliation.

True charity is a detachment from material possessions, which allows one to look inward away from greed and mere appearances; whereas false charity is giving up one’s own wellbeing, giving to the undeserving, or giving in the hope of profiting or that others may profit.

True hope is one’s aim towards goodness, which allows the Divine to intervene; false hope is a naïve belief in the false and impossible, or any aid to the wicked, which acts as one’s excuse for indifference and inaction against injustice.

True childlikeness is purity, clarity, innocence, and detachment from all evil within one’s self; it is obedience to the Divine, not ignorance, irresponsibility, or immaturity.

True love is beatitude emerging from gnosis, hence heat from light; false love is a willful union with evil over and against the good, which results in man’s separation and fall from paradise and the discerning intellect.

Finally, veracity is conformity to the Real, the assimilation of knowledge, not the concessions to modernity to assuage conflict.

All this is not to say that exoteric morality should play no part, hence, even penitents were barred from the Mass of the Faithful before receiving absolution, but it reveals an essential character to Christianity which today is sorely lacking, and explains why the virtues and their meanings must not be altered whence considering the outer (morality) is preparation for the inner battle (meditation).