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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 Uribe, OMI

This Month’s Virtue is: GRACE
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God.” – Ephesians 2:8

Teaching Tips: 

– You can practice grace every time you choose to respond to someone with a kind word instead of being cruel, mean, or sarcastic.

– Talk to your child about the golden rule — treat others how you want to be treated. Tell them about a time someone treated you with grace, such as a teacher when you disrupted a classroom or a friend who lent you something and you lost it or a time you forgot an important date, like a birthday and felt terrible about it but the person celebrating the birthday said not to mind they were glad to hear from you all the same.

– Grace is being kind to someone even when they don’t deserve it.

– If your brother or sister or friend accidentally breaks something that belongs to you and they feel really bad for having done it, show them grace.

– Even when we sin, God shows us mercy and forgives us. He shows us grace when he blesses us when we haven’t earned it.

– Jesus came to earth and was crucified and died for our sins. His grace saved us.

– Sometimes it’s not about being “fair.” It’s about showing grace instead of treating someone how they deserve – treat them with grace, love, and kindness like Jesus does.

– When we show someone grace, it’s our chance to practice holiness and be like Jesus.

– This Christmas, let us model the Holy Family and make our home a “new Bethlehem”, where we model grace, kindness and forgiveness and create a place for Jesus.

Use the attached coloring sheet to create a reminder of the “new Bethlehem” and display this in your home where everyone can see it — on the refrigerator or the bathroom mirror as a reminder to model a place for Jesus.