The youth we teach know about Virtual Reality, but our class this time was about the reality of virtues. Virtues are those habits of behavior that help us tend toward the good. In fact, the first step on the road to Sainthood is to life a virtuous life. So, it's a good idea to think about virtues - what virtues you are strong in and what virtues you could work on. That's the conversation we began in our classes. We hope the parents will continue that conversation at home, using hte pack of Virtues Cards we handed out to each youth. The cards came from The Virtues Project, an initiative to help everyone grow in kindness, justice and integrity by encouraging the practice of virtues in everyday life. Each card in the pack includes a a description and ideas for practicing that virtue. The pack also comes with suggestions for how to use the cards for supporting conversations. Let me know if you would like a pack. Parents, let me know how you are using your virtues pack!
Another good follow up to this lesson is to talk about the Theological and Cardinal Virtues. The Theological Virtues, Faith, Hope and Love (or Charity) are gifts from God. The Cardinal Virtues, Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude are the virtues upon which all the other human virtues hinge. (Cardinal means hinge.) Read more about them here.