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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: Humility

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24

Teaching Tips: 

  1. Talk to your child about pride. Taking pride in your work and being proud in your hard work or your efforts is a good thing. We should all take pride in what we do. Especially when we work hard. Being boastful about your work, being arrogant, or bragging how it takes no effort and comes easy is being prideful. Being prideful will make us think we are better than others. Being prideful makes the effort about you so others can acknowledge you. We should not be prideful, but we should take pride in all we do. Humility teaches us that we can always improve.
  2. Share the story about the apostles asking Jesus who was the greatest. Mark 9:33-35. Explain that apostles were arguing about who was the greatest and who was His favorite. When Jesus asked them what they were talking about they were afraid to answer Him. But Jesus already knew. He told them in order to be great they had to be
    humble, one can’t think too much of themself. We should never expect to know everything or expect to be the best, but trust that GOD has a plan and will help us, and we must always remember that our gifts, talents, and treasures all come from God.
  3. Modeling behavior for your child is important. Be sure to recognize people who have helped you. Maybe it was your spouse or friend who helped you prepare a meal or prepare for an event. You could not have done it on your own without their help. Recognize those people and the help they provided. A grateful heart is important to
    build humility. Modeling saying please and thank you are important because your children are always watching you.
  4. Teach your child to serve. Choose an activity to help your child understand what it means to serve others. Volunteer at a food bank, serve the homeless, serve the poor, or serve their family. Perhaps they set the table for everyone at dinner or clear the plates from the table. Service to others is key in teaching humility. Model this behavior for you child as well. Be sure to hold the door open for others, act respectfully and speak kindly to people.
  5. Encourage your child to admit when they have made a mistake. Not admitting mistakes and becoming defensive are not examples of humility. Having integrity is being able to acknowledge your mistakes. Defending your mistakes and trying to justify them and not
    apologizing for them is not being humble.
  6. Talk to your child about supporting others and acknowledging their efforts. Maybe attend a friend’s sporting match, musical recital or a family event. Talk to them about the importance in supporting others and cheering their efforts. Congratulating others for their efforts are important too. By showing your child the importance in supporting
    others they will learn humility too.
  7. Teach your child that if we always remember who made us and give Him thanks, we will not become prideful. It’s when we forget that God is the creator and deserves our thanks and praise for all that we are that we risk becoming prideful. Anytime someone compliments us for our talents or accomplishments we might be tempted to think we are “awesome” but it’s important to remember to thank God because He created us.
  8. Practice how your child should answer when someone pays them a compliment. Use the worksheet to color in and place the phrase: “Thanks! I give God the honor because he made me!” somewhere they can see it every day, perhaps on the refrigerator in the
    bathroom as they brush their teeth. Be sure to pay them compliments so they can practice their response!

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