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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: GRATITUDE
Expressing thanks brings us God’s grace!

Teaching Tips:

  • Remember, God enjoys when we give him thanks for all things, even during bad times He is working for our good. The bible tells us Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
  • Talk with your child about how to have an attitude of gratitude. Have your child finish the sentence: TODAY WAS A GREAT DAY BECAUSE ________. Encourage your child to look for things during the day they are grateful for, the sunshine, their pets, a funny joke or something that made them laugh.
  • Talk with your child about any complaints they might have about the day and encourage them to find something positive about it and share it. Remind them expressing gratitude is important even when we don’t get our way.
  • Remind your children that gratitude is more than just saying thank you, it’s showing your grateful through actions. When we pray prayers of thankfulness we are taking the gratitude in our heart and sending it to Jesus in heaven
  • Share the story of the Samaritan Leper (Luke 17:11-19)
    • Jesus was passing through a village in Samaria when He encountered a group of ten men who suffered from leprosy. The men cried out for Jesus to have mercy on them. Jesus heard their cries and healed them. He instructed the men to show themselves to the local priests so that they could be healed.
      The men did as they were told, and then nine of them went their separate ways. Perhaps they left to celebrate their healing. Perhaps they intended to share the good news with their loved ones. Perhaps they were just eager to rejoin society and begin their new lives.
      The tenth leper likely had similar plans. But he had something else to do first. According to Luke 17:15-16, he “returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks.”
      Jesus was moved by the man’s response, which must have been almost as rewarding to the man as the healing itself. Because he went the extra mile to express his thankfulness, the tenth leper was able to connect with the Lord in a very special way
  • Take turns as a family and share at least one thing you’re grateful for.
  • A good way to encourage gratitude in your child is to write thank you cards to people they know. They can write a thank-you letter to a teacher, to grandma or grandpa, to their pediatrician or their favorite Oblate priest! Even your mailman or garbage truck drivers deserve appreciation!
  • Download the activity sheet and create a gratitude collage. Take old magazines and newspapers and together make a gratitude collage of things you and your children appreciate.  You could also pull up images online to print.  Display your gratitude collage on the refrigerator or a prominent place!

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:18

 

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