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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

“Let us not love with word or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18

Truthfulness and sincerity are essential virtues of a righteous person, and as Jesus told us, we must be righteous to get to Heaven. Below are a few tips and techniques to help encourage your children to practice honesty.

Teaching Tips:

  • Encourage your child to always do things out of the goodness of their heart, this makes Jesus happy! Explain that sometimes this is hard, but they should always do things in earnest.
  • Explain to your child that pretending to feel something you don’t feel, or to pretend to be something you’re not, is not being sincere or truthful.
  • Important lessons to teach your children:
    • You should not apologize for something and then plan to get future revenge.
    • You should not compliment someone and then speak ill of them later.
    • You should never say things that you do not truly mean with all your heart.
  • Reward your child when they tell the truth, especially when it’s hard and obvious they chose the truth over easily telling a lie.
  • Be careful not to invite your child to lie by asking them a question that could cause them to answer falsely. For example, instead of saying, “Did you eat that cookie?” say, “I see you ate the cookie, let me explain to you why I wanted you to wait after dinner.” Lead with the obvious, “I can tell you spilled the juice. I will help you to clean it up”.
  • Encourage your child to tell the truth because honesty makes you happy too. Explain that while the truth might be unpleasant you will appreciate their honesty. Your child is motivated to make you happy, impress on them how happy sincerity in people makes you.
  • Explain that honesty also means being kind. If they receive a gift that they do not really like, they can be kind by saying how much they appreciate the thoughtfulness behind the gift.
  • Have your child write their own Honesty Pledge on the handout and display it where your child can see it regularly, on the refrigerator, in their bathroom or in their room.

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