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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: FAITH
God always keeps his promises!

Teaching Tips: 

  • We can’t see Jesus but we know that He is present in our lives.  How do we know that He is always with us?  Because we have FAITH!  Our FAITH comes from the promises Jesus keeps. 
  • God has promised many great things, one of these is the promise of the Holy Spirit:  And behold I am sending you the promise of my Father, which is the Holy Spirit.  Luke 24:49. 
    We receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized or receive Holy Communion.  [This is a good time to share photos from your child’s baptism and/or Holy Communion and remind them they have received the Holy Spirit.]
  • God always keeps his promises.  The rainbow God sent to Noah after the flood was a symbol of His promise.  [You can share the story of Noah and the Ark with your child.  There are many resources available online.  Pick one you feel is most appropriate for you and your child.]
  • People make promises to each other, too.  We need to be careful that we keep our promises and we don’t break them.  [As parents we sometimes make promises and plans might change and we can’t keep the promises, it’s important to avoid these situations as much as we can.]

FAITH Activities:

  • In the following days, when you ask your child to do something, ask them to say “I promise.”  Ask them to hold up two fingers and say “I promise, Jesus and me.”  Together with Jesus they will try to keep this promise. 
  • Remind them that, like Jesus, they will need to DO what they have promised.  This is how we work to get to heaven!
  • Give your child a small item to carry – maybe a cross or a small treasure – to keep with them to remind them we have FAITH and that Jesus keeps his promises. 
  • Encourage your child to make a prayer journal.  Here they can write their prayers or draw pictures of Jesus. 
  • Download the activity sheet and color the rainbow.  Hang it in their room, in the bathroom or on the refrigerator, somewhere they can see it and be reminded God keeps his promises, and that’s why we have FAITH! 

 

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