Some Virtues We Can Practice
Message from Deacon Errol — 26th Sunday of the Year (A)
There is no doubt parents have the interest of their children at heart. In their attitudes, in their conduct they will do nothing that causes our children to suffer. We will sacrifice our own pleasures for the children’s sake. However, we must not forget to give our children what they need for a life of real happiness, that is, the right values and virtues they need to practice.
The Church teaches that virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do good. Virtue allows a person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. (Catechism of the Catholic Church-1803)
Here are Some Of The Virtues We Can Begin To Practise if we do not do so already:
Honesty – Can we be really happy if we are dishonest? We can only be happy if we are fair with our dealings with others.
Integrity – Being honest and having strong moral principles. Are we the same inside as we are outside?
Courtesy – There is so much rudeness in our society, yet we turn a blind eye. How it would be for the next generation, I wonder. Family tensions, disputes and marriage breakdowns etc. could be reduced if we showed courtesy in our dealings with others.
Unselfishness – Many of us care only about ourselves. We abandon family, friends, job and even partners in life just to obtain a little happiness albeit short-lived.
Are we teaching our children the right values?
Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
May the Lord help us to be true disciples of Jesus. Amen.