Here’s great insight on the meaning of courage by my friend Halee Gray Scott:
In Roman Catholicism, courage was understood to be so pivotal to the Christian life that it was considered one of the four cardinal virtues and the virtue upon which all the other virtues were founded. As C.S. Lewis wrote, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at its testing point, which means the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful until it became risky.” As it’s been said before: Courage is not simply the absence of fear, but the force of moving forward despite fear.