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Exposing our children to stories and experiences that model the virtues are important for their development in cultivating a virtuous and purposeful life.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us:

A virtue is a firm attitude to do what is right.  Its direct opposite is a vice.  A vice is a habit to do what is wrong.  Prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance are called the human or cardinal virtues because they forge our human character.  These four habits assist us in developing a pure heart that is open to God’s will. 

“The moral virtues grow through education, deliberate acts and perseverance in struggle.  Divine grace (God’s special help that strengthens us) purifies and elevates the virtues in our lives.” 

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1839

I hope you will enjoy the simple explanations and resources prepared to help you teach and model the virtues

Fr. David P. Uribe, OMI

This Month’s Virtue is: CHARITY
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  Matthew 22:39

Teaching Tips: 

  • Explain to your child that charity means to help those in need. God wants us to be generous as He is generous with everybody.
    Share the story of the widow’s offering with your child. In Mark 12:41-44 Jesus is watching people at the temple as they approach to give their offerings. In the crowd, He notices a poor elderly widow. As the many rich people come by and put money in the offering box, the poor widow walks up and very slowly places the last two coins in her possession in the offering. Jesus tells his disciples that her offering is most pleasing to God and worth more than the bigger offerings because she has given so much from the very little she has.
    The best way to encourage charity in your child is to be a role model and setting a good example yourself. When you donate or help someone in need take time to explain it to your child, let them see what you’re doing and educate them on who you are helping
    Explain to your child that charity can take many forms. It can be a monetary offering to the church, time helping someone with a problem or homework, or sharing something that could help someone like a pencil or paper.
  • Teaching the virtue of charity is also a good time to teach money management. If your child receives an allowance, encourage setting aside a portion for charity. It could be as small as 5% or 10%. Explain to your child the importance of sharing our blessings with others and no matter how small or large the donation any amount counts!
    Express to your child the importance of making a positive impact in their community: helping a student with their schoolwork, picking up litter on the playground, helping a classmate learn a sport, or offering encouragement when someone makes a mistake. Offering someone a compliment to cheer them. These are all positive impacts we can have on people in our community, at school or in our homes
    Make an upcoming birthday a charitable event. Instead of gifts, ask for donations to their favorite charity. Gifts could be money to donate or items. For example, books to donate to a local children’s shelter. Another could be dog or cat food to donate to the local animal shelter.
    Research a charity or nonprofit online and learn about the people they serve. Schedule some time to volunteer or make a donation. Some charities you could consider are Smile Train, UNICEF and of course, Oblate Missions!
    Find ways to encourage your child to be charitable. Some suggestions could be serving others first before themselves at dinner, helping clean up after dinner, holding the door for someone, calling someone to say hello and see how they are doing, giving someone else first choice on something like choosing what to watch on television or playing with a particular toy.
    Download the activity sheet. Make your September list of charitable acts and see how many you can check off this month! Be sure to add a few of your own! Keep track of any that you do more than once, and see how many you do in a month!
  • Download the activity sheet

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