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Virtue Calendar for 2019-2020

August-Friendship

September - Endurance

October - Respect

November - Affirming

December - Hospitality

January - Gentleness

February - Generosity

March - Mercy

April - Obedience

May - Dependability


August-Friendship

Friendship: Someone who is honest and willing to help.   

Bible Quotes:“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” - John 15:13

“Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” - Luke 6:31

Famous Quotes: “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”

 “It is important to have friends we can trust. But it is essential to trust the Lord who never lets us down.” - Pope Francis

“The highest form of love is friendship with God.” - St. Thomas Aquinas

Questions for Display: How is Jesus Our Friend?

Other Definitions:  A relationship of shared trust, support and affection.

Saint(s) Associated with Virtue: St. John the Apostle

Prayer for a Friend

O Lord, Please bless our friendship.

Our friendship is like a long steady soft rain.

It’s not so harsh that it will destroy. Yet it

is not so soft that it goes unnoticed. Our

friendship is growing in your grace. Please

bless our friendship, and keep it holy at all

times. friendship is a gift from you, O Lord,

and we thank you. May our friendship always

produce the fruits of the spirit. And may the

soft rain of our friendship nourish the heart

forever. Amen!


September - Endurance

Endurance: Doing God’s will when life is difficult. 

Bible Quotes:

St. Paul says suffering (affliction) produces endurance, endurance produces proven character and proven character produces hope. -Romans 5:3-5

“You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised.” -Hebrews 10:36

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” -Hebrews 12:1-3

Famous Quote:

Questions for Display:

Do you believe you can do it?  

Believe in yourself!

Other Definitions:

Going on despite difficulties. Steadfastness.

Saint(s) Associated with Virtue: St. Sebastian

Prayer: Grant me, O Lord my God, faithful perseverance in seeking your Holy ways. Amen.

Possible Activities:

Book - The Little Red Hen

October - Respect

Respect: Treating God’s people with dignity and courtesy.  

Bible Quote:

Famous Quote: “The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being” - St. John Paul II

Questions for Display:

Do you respect others, yourself, and property?

Other Definitions:

Speaking and Acting with Courtesy.  An attitude of honoring oneself and others through our words and actions.  Treating every person with dignity and courtesy.

Saint(s) Associated with Virtue: St. John Baptist

Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, I believe in You as my God and my Savior. Make me more faithful to Your Gospeland Commandments. By sharing in the Eucharist, may I come to live more fully in the life You have given me. Keep Your Love alive within my heart and soul so that I may become worthy of You. Teach me to value and be thankful for all of your gifts. Help us to strive for eternal life.

Possible Activities (Examples of Respect):


November - Affirming

Affirming: Recognizing others when they use their gifts from God. 

Bible Quotes: 

“God has great plans for my life” -Jeremiah 29:11

“I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me” -Philippians 4:13

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” -1 Thessalonians 5:11

Famous Quote:

Questions for Display:

Have you affirmed someone today?

Have you told someone how proud you are of their work?  

Have you spoke highly of someone when they did something Christ like?

Other Definitions:

Offering others and yourself emotional support and encouragement for doing the will of God. Positively lifting up someone after they did something good.

Saint(s) Associated with Virtue: St. Anthony of Padua

Prayer: Psalm 23

Possible Activities:


December - Hospitality

Hospitality: Welcoming Christ within others. 

Bible Quotes:

"You shall not oppress a stranger . . . for you were strangers in the land of Egypt" -Ex. 23:9.

"If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you" -Prov. 25:21-22.

"Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares" -Heb. 13:1-2.

“When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.  Always be eager to help them.  Always be eager to show hospitality, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it.” -Romans 12:13

Famous Quote:

John Paul II said, "Welcoming Christ in our needy brothers and sisters is the condition of being able to meet him face to face and perfectly at the end of our earthly journey" (Homily for the Jubilee of Migrants and Itinerant Workers, June 2, 2000).

Questions for Display:

Other Definitions:

Hospitality is more than politeness or friendliness.

Saint(s) Associated with Virtue: St. Julian / St. Meinrad

Prayer:

Possible Activities:


January - Gentleness

Gentleness: Showing the tenderness of God to others.  

Bible Quotes:

“Showing personal care and concern in meeting the needs of others.” -2 Timothy 2:24-26

Famous Quote:“Only the strong can be gentle” - Thomas Merton

Questions for Display:

Other Definitions:

Having strong compassion with a soft tone or touch so that truths can be well received.

Saint(s) Associated with Virtue:  St. Mother Teresa

Prayer: Dear God, help us to be more childlike, more humble, more gentle and praying always. Amen.

Possible Activities:

Allowing others a chance to speak - insisting that others get a say.

When someone’s feelings are hurt, we stop to discuss how we should react, how we should act that is in line with Catholic values.

Becoming peacemakers, not war starters.

Aware of your words; displaying tact.


February - Generosity

Generosity:  Giving to others without expecting something in return. 

Bible Quote: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8

Famous Quote:

Questions for Display:

Did you let someone else go first today?

Did you forgive the person who hurt you?

Will you give someone your time today?

Other Definitions:

Realizing that all I have belongs to God.

Saint(s) Associated with Virtue: St. Genevieve

Prayer: Dear God, please help us to share with a positive spirit things that we value, especially our time and love.

Possible Activities:

Give your own money to help those in need.

Letting someone go ahead of you to get a drink.

Let someone else choose.

Offer to help an older neighbor with a job.  

March - Mercy

Mercy: The willingness to help those in need simply because they are in need. 

Bible Quotes: 

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” -Matt 5:7

“Be merciful just as your father is merciful.” -Luke 6:36

Famous Quote:

Questions for Display:

Did you forgive someone today who hurt you?

Did you help someone today?

Other Definitions:

Mercy is both a much sought after gift and a life-giving action.  

Jesus is the revelation of God’s Mercy.  

Leniency and compassion towards offenders.

Saint(s) Associated with Virtue: St. Faustina

Prayer:

Divine Mercy Chaplet . . . Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness. Amen.

Possible Activities:

April - Obedience

Obedience:  Willing to listen to God and follow Him. 

Bible Quote:

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching”  -Jn 14:23

Honor your father and mother (4th Commandment)

Famous Quote:

Questions for Display:

Do you do what is asked of you with a cheerful heart?

[Affirm those who follow the rules.]

Other Definitions:

Saint(s) Associated with Virtue: Mary, Mother of God

 

Prayer: Help us, Father, to put ourselves in your Hands, and listen to your voice in the depths of our hearts. Amen.

Possible Activities:


May - Dependability

Dependability: Able to be trusted and do what is asked. 

Bible Quote: Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” -1 Cor. 4:2

Famous Quote: Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. -St. Augustine

Questions for Display:

Do I follow through with what I say I will do?

Can others count on me?

Do I turn in assignments when they are due?

Other Definitions: 

Worthiness as a recipient of another’s trust or confidence.

Opposite is inconsistency

Fulfilling what I consented to do even if it means unexpected sacrifice.

Saint(s) Associated with Virtue:

Prayer: Help us Lord to never do anything we know is wrong. Amen.

Possible Activities: