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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. Art Flores, OMI
This Month’s Virtue is: COURAGE
When we do what’s right and required we stand for Jesus
- We help our children develop courage when we practice courage ourselves. When we stand up for what is right and required, when we face our fears and when we are consistent with the teachings of Jesus, we show courage.
- Share a story with your child about a time you were afraid to do something and showed courage.
- It takes courage to stand strong for Jesus especially when we are afraid. Loving others even when it’s hard takes courage and that is what Jesus wants us to do.
- Explain to your child that having courage is doing the right thing even when it’s hard. We have to practice courage by doing it over and over. Acting the way you are supposed to act over and over again is how we practice courage.
- When we encourage others to do what is right and required and to live and love like Jesus we show courage.
- When we offer to help others when things are tough we show courage. Offering to help another person be strong during a tough time helps them to also do what is good.
- Accepting the difficulties of life are ways to show courage too. Difficult times help us to rely on God and strengthen our faith in Him.
- Share the story of David and Goliath. One example can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILpgq0N3Z5E
- A leader is someone who has to have courage. Discuss how policeman, teachers, doctors and nurses show courage and leadership.
- Give your child opportunities to practice leadership at home. Let them plan dinner, or organize a family night or activity.
- Ask your child to share a time they were afraid to do something and showed courage.
- Ask them about something they are afraid of now and pray the following prayer together and ask God for courage to do it.
Dear God, please help me to remember that with your help I can be brave and do all things too.
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