General Audience, November 22, 1978

1. In the course of the Audiences of my pontifical ministry I have tried to carry out the “testament” of my beloved Predecessor John Paul I. As is known, he did not leave a written testament, because death took him unexpectedly and suddenly, but he left some notes which showed that he had intended, at the first Wednesday meetings, to speak of the fundamental principles of Christian life. That is, he had intended to speak of the three theological virtues (he had time to do this) and then of the four cardinal virtues, (this is being done by his unworthy Successor). Today the turn has come to speak of the fourth cardinal virtue, “temperance”, thus completing, in a some way, John Paul I’s programme, in which we can see the testament, as it were, of the late Pope.