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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: PATIENCE
With humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing each other with love” (Ephesians 4:2)

Teaching Tips:

  1. Talk to your child about waiting. Sometimes we must learn to wait and cannot always do what we like right now or when we would like to. We must do things in the order set for us. We must wait our turn. It may be hard, but waiting can often be what is best for your life.
  2. Learning to take turns is a very good way to teach patience. When a child must wait their turn to do something fun, it allows them to practice waiting. For example, playing a game or going to the playground and waiting for a swing. Always reinforce the need for your child to be patient and courteous to others. Remind your child that often in life they will have to wait for some things. Things do not always happen just when they want them to.
  3. Modeling behavior for your child is important. Be sure to point out times when you are waiting and being patient. Share with them times you’ve had to wait. Explain to your child that every day we must deal with situations that require us to wait and be patient. Our patience is constantly tested: for example, when you’re in a hurry and are stuck in traffic, or when someone is taking their time and you’re waiting. We often must wait for God to answer our prayers; they are not often answered right away. God determines when the time is right to answer our prayers.
  4. Ask your child to make a list of things they can do while they wait. Maybe they can sing a song, list things that they see, say a prayer, or talk to a saint. Learning to wait and have patience requires teaching that they can and should control their emotions and actions. When they are tired or eager to do something, they might be called to wait and maintain self-control. Practicing ways to pass the time while they wait is helpful.
  5. Choose an activity to help your child understand what it means to wait and be patient. Perhaps plant a few seeds in a pot together, choosing fast-growing seeds like string beans. Work together to plant and water the seeds and then sit back and wait for them to grow.
  6. Do a puzzle together. This helps them to learn to take turns; even if they know where a puzzle piece should go, they must wait until it’s their turn to place the piece in the puzzle.
  7. Write a letter and wait for the response. Choose a family member or a friend and write them a letter asking them to write back. This is good practice in waiting.
  8. Be sure to praise your child when they practice patience and wait for something. Maybe they wait for their snack or wait to take their turn. Let them know you appreciate their being patient. It’s important for them to think of themselves as someone who is patient. Reinforce to them that you realize how hard it can be to wait — it can be a struggle — and what a good job they are doing waiting. Remind them they are walking with Christ when they wait patiently and that pleases God very much!
  9. Always remind your child that we must be patient with others like God is patient with us. God waits for us to talk to him, to visit him and to spend time with him. God loves us very much despite how much time He must wait for us! We should also practice this patience with others. Use the attached worksheet to help your child create a list of things they can do while they wait patiently, and be sure PRAY is at the top!
  10. Download the activity sheet and keep track of the things can do when using patience. 

 

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