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Introducing 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 straight forward and easily understandable explanations and resources prepared to help you teach and model the virtues.
Fr. David P. Uribe, OMI
This Month’s Virtue is: Contentment
“I have learned to be content with whatever I have”
– Talk to your child about setting limits. Be sure to set limits for yourself and share those with your child. Moderation in everything is key, including how much we eat, how much we spend, and how much we watch television or play. It is okay to explain to your child that sometimes it’s hard to maintain these limits, but we must never give up trying to practice limits and moderation.
– Do not make comparisons between yourself and others and be sure to explain this to your child. Openly practice being happy for others. When someone is promoted, buys a new home, a new car, or takes a vacation be happy for them and express this to your child. Explain to your child that it is important to be happy for the blessings others receive. If their friend receives a new toy, a better grade, or makes the team, it’s important to be happy for them. Do not be jealous or envious. Instead, celebrate their blessings from God and since we love God, we are truly happy to see him bless others.
– Be sure to celebrate small wins and successes. Explain to your child that these are blessings from God. Yes, big events and successes are important, but the small minor ones are equally as important and more common. The more you practice these, the more often you will find yourself being content.
– Show Gratitude. Explain to your child that being grateful for what you have is also a way to practice contentment. Recalling what you are grateful for a few minutes every day, perhaps during dinner time or at bedtime, will reinforce a feeling of contentment. Practicing gratitude regularly will generate feelings of happiness and being satisfied with what one does have.
– Be generous and serve others. Jesus tells us it is not in having but in doing that we find happiness. Helping those in need around you and sharing what you have with others will generate feelings of contentment. It’s important for children to recognize that many people around them are in need of basic life necessities. This will help to create feelings of empathy for others.
– Teach your child the value of money. Explain to your child how much things cost and the value of hard work to acquire these things. Explain the importance of saving and accumulating money to buy things. It’s important to take care of things especially when you’ve saved and planned for the purchase.
– Teach your child to love God our Father more than anything else. Toys and possessions are nice, but they will not bring the fulfillment that loving God with our whole hearts and minds does. A close relationship with God and regularly praying to him should be what we desire most in our hearts.
– Discourage your child from complaining. When you complain you are not being content. God asks us to be happy in all circumstances including those in which we might not get everything we want when we want it. Learn to be satisfied with what you have right now.
Download the attached activity sheet and list something you are grateful for every day for the next 14 days—whether it is for you or for someone else. Maybe you got 100 on a spelling test or your friend scored a goal at their soccer game. Write down something every day that makes you content and place the list somewhere you can see it regularly.
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