The Theological Virtue of Charity
One of the main themes that we have been developing St. Michael School is the practice of virtue. Although we are learning about, thinking about and practicing all the virtues, each month we are dedicating our energies towards a particular virtue. We did a kick-off for the Year of Faith by inviting Eddie Gaven of the Columbus Crew to talk about faith back in October. In November we learned about hope in the context of talking about the Poor Souls in Purgatory and aiding their way with our prayers to their ultimate goal (and our goal too, what we were made for!): Heaven! For the month of December our emphasis on charity fits very well with the spirit of giving and sharing that is such a big part of preparing for Christmas.
The definition of charity which will be continually repeated for the students comes from different parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Charity is the theological virtue which enables us to love as God Himself loves. By the virtue of charity we love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves.
For those of you who are interested in reinforcing what we are teaching about the virtue of charity in school, we would like to equip you with the tools you need to work with your children in the same vein at home. In this week’s Communication Folder you will find a charity brochure. This was specially designed for St. Michael School according to the themes and wording that we are using in the classrooms. We know that all of you already practice virtue at home, but this is a challenge to increase the virtue to a higher level! We encourage you to use the resources in the brochure to help talk about the virtues as a family at home. This can begin as an Advent project and continue through Christmas and the rest of the year.
At the end of the day we pray and Act of Charity as a whole school. We will have this prayer memorized after the first week or so. This is a great prayer to say before an activity, after grace or after meals, in the car, etc. What a great way to prepare our hearts for the coming of our Savior at Christmas.
“O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.”