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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

Virtue of the Month is: WORK
“I have the strength for everything
through him who empowers me.” 
Philippians 4:13

Teaching Tips: 

  • Encourage your child to never give up! Don’t forget when we work hard we honor Jesus and our treasure in heaven will be waiting for us!
  • Share a story with your child about a time you tried to do something that was much harder than you thought it would be, but you never gave up. Maybe it was learning to play a sport, complete a school project, or care for a pet.
  • Encourage your child to hard work in everything they do, school work, homework, keeping their room clean, being organized, being on time, obeying mom and dad.
  • We help our children form work habits when we guide them and teach them. List chores for your child to do for the week and reward them when their tasks are complete. Some chores could be: Set the table, help with meals, help with dishes, help with groceries, vacuum, sweep/mop, empty trash, water plants, help with yard work, clean their room.
  • Share with your child that when Jesus was a child he helped Joseph with his carpentry work. Talk about what a carpenter does, and all the work involved. Joseph needed help and Jesus helped him.
  • Talk to your child about Pope Francis and the Missionary Oblates and how they carry on the work of Jesus every day, caring for the poor and the sick and helping others wherever help is needed.
  • Be sure to give your child positive reinforcement and recognize when they complete tasks.
  • Remember to focus on good conduct and not on bad behavior.
  • Encourage your child to offer their hard work to Jesus out of love for Him and always pray and ask for strength even when the work is hard.
  • Print and review the work contract and have your child sign it and post it somewhere they can see it often.

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