We are called to respond to God’s grace in our lives, learn to live virtuous lives, and choose what is right and good in each situation. Each month of the school year we will recognize and celebrate virtues that are rooted in the three Theological Virtues, which are from God. According to the Catechism, a human virtue is a habitual and firm inclination to choose the good. A virtue allows an individual, not only to do good acts, but to give the best of self. They are acquired by human effort, and with God’s help, virtues form character. They are the fruit and seed of morally good acts and help maintain a relationship with God. The Cardinal Virtues are the four major virtues around which all other human virtues are grouped. Examples of the human virtues can be found in Jesus, who is the Way the Truth and the Life. They are found in the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, the Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit and in the Seven Virtues (those virtues which oppose the Seven Deadly Sins.)
At school, the virtues will be reflected in classroom teachings, and reinforced in Mass. The first Mass of every month has the chosen “Virtue of the Month” as its theme. The play is selected or written to help demonstrate the chosen value. By presenting the virtue in a “play form,” the message is demonstrated in a way that fosters the understanding of the students, especially in the younger classes.
We encourage families to celebrate and reinforce the importance of these virtues at home. The newsletter and OLV web site will include information about each virtue in terms that students understand so that you can discuss them with your children. The information will include a definition of the virtue, scripture reflections which offer additional insight, a memorable quote that illustrates the virtue, and a prayer.
Together, by passing on faith to our children, we are helping to prepare them to make a positive impact on the world by discovering the presence of God in everyday living and by living virtuous lives.
-New American Bible
-Building the Builders: Faith Formation in Virtue,
Sr. Patricia Helene Earl, IHM, Ph.D
Publisher: National Catholic Educational Association
-Catechism of the Catholic Church
Publisher: United States Catholic Conference