Catechesis Prayer Temperance Virtue

Hail, Full of Grace

To prepare her for saying "yes" to His invitation, God made Mary full of grace.... See More

Catechesis Loyalty Prayer Virtue

Free Cooperation with God

From all eternity God wanted to enlist the free cooperation of a creature to bring... See More

Catechesis Magnificence Prayer Virtue

Sharing in the Paschal Mystery of Christ

Jesus calls each of us to be saved by sharing in His Paschal Mystery... See More

Catechesis Gratitude Prayer Virtue

Peace Be With You

Jesus rose from the dead, bringing us to share in the life of the resurrection.... See More

Catechesis Fortitude Prayer Virtue

The Joy of the Resurrection

By dying, Christ destroyed our death.... See More

Catechesis Generosity Prayer Virtue

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

“God, in His plan of loving goodness, reconciled us to Himself through the blood of... See More

Catechesis Faith Foresight Prayer Virtue

To Grow in Faith

Growth in faith and in prayer are connected.... See More

Catechesis hope Meekness Prayer Virtue

Anchored in Christ

Prayer roots us in communion so that our actions and words radiate forth from a... See More

Catechesis Prayer Virtue

Daily Blessings

In love, God blessed us with every spiritual blessing in order to enable us to... See More

Catechesis Prayer Virtue

The Fullness of Friendship

We must treat all people with respect because God made them for friendship with Himself.... See More

Catechesis Modesty Prayer

The Source of Your Dignity

The incarnation fully reveals the dignity of the human person and raises it to a... See More

Catechesis Prayer Virtue

Made for Communion with God

As a unity of body and soul, our whole nature is made for communion with... See More

Catechesis Prayer Virtue

The Handprint of God

In all visible creation, only man is created for friendship with God.... See More

Catechesis Prayer Virtue

Jesus, Our Model of Holiness

Jesus came to be our model for this life, a model of holiness.... See More

Catechesis Prayer Virtue

That We Might Know God’s Love

At one time, it was common to see a sign, “John 3:16,” pop up during... See More


Raised in Grace: Virtue, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Social Emotional Learning

Virtue education implements social emotional learning within a Catholic worldview.... See More

Catechesis Prayer Reflection Virtue

Advent is here! – Why the Incarnation?

The season of Advent is an opportune time to reflect upon the reasons for the... See More

Catechesis Gratitude Prayer Reflection Virtue

What if we’re not ready for Heaven?

God, in His merciful love, gives us purgatory to purify us after death if we... See More

Catechesis Magnanimity Reflection Virtue

“What is Heaven like?” 

Every single one of us spends time wondering what heaven is like. We certainly experience... See More

Catechesis Prayer Reflection Virtue

Be Perfect: With God, It’s Not Impossible

"Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5:48... See More

Catechesis Prayer Reflection Virtue

The Trinity is at work!

Each person of the Holy Trinity works in creation and salvation history.... See More

Catechesis Prayer Reflection Virtue

Does Christianity inwardly seize me

The Sacrament of Baptism marks our entrance into the inner life of the Trinity, and... See More

Catechesis Prayer Reflection Virtue

The Secrets to the Kingdom of Heaven

The Holy Trinity comes to us as self-emptying love in Jesus Christ. ... See More

Catechesis Kindness Prayer Reflection Virtue

You were created for love

God’s plan for you is that you will enter into His Trinitarian life. This is... See More

Catechesis Reflection

A Communion of Love

"He created us to share in this communion of love.” This truth reveals why each... See More

Catechesis Learn Virtue Prayer Reflection Virtue

Living in Relationship with God 

St. Catherine of Siena said, “All the way to Heaven is Heaven.” What we experience... See More

Obedience Prayer Reflection Virtue

Written on Your Heart

Last week, I saw the traces of God’s creation in a full and magnificent harvest... See More

Catechesis Reflection

God shows us that He is real

In His infinite goodness, God left in His creation traces and evidences of His existence,... See More

Reflection The Holy Spirit

Hard Conversations

The theological virtue of faith enables us to know God and all He has revealed.... See More

Reflection The Holy Spirit

A New Way to Make Decisions

When we make a decision, the virtue of prudence orders and perfects each part of... See More

Reflection The Holy Spirit

Mary, Seat of Wisdom

In the Acts of the Apostles, we find Mary in the Upper Room in prayer,... See More

Cardinal Virtue Reflection Temperance Virtue

Temperance – Enjoying what is good with moderation 

“God saw that it was good.”... See More

Reflection The Holy Spirit

What do fear and hope have in common?

Fear of the Lord seems to be the most misunderstood of all the gifts of the... See More

Reflection The Holy Spirit

The Fruit of Love

Last week we reflected upon the first of two gifts related to the theological virtues... See More

Loyalty Reflection Virtue

God: Our Loyal Friend 

Grief is a fascinating companion or friend, as one of my Sisters named it. We... See More

Magnificence Reflection Virtue

Magnificence — Doing Great Things for God

“But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord,... See More

Cardinal Virtue Fortitude Reflection Virtue

Bearing Difficulties

With Holy Week ending and the Easter Season beginning, it seems appropriate that the cardinal... See More

Generosity Reflection Virtue

Give God Permission

A special grace in my life was knowing John Cardinal O’Connor and spending time listening... See More

Meekness Reflection Virtue

What We Can Learn about Anger from Japanese Culture

Recently, I read an article about anger. While I can’t recall the source, I remember... See More

Honesty Reflection Virtue

Honesty Strengthens Relationships

If you were to list the top three virtues you want your friend, spouse, or... See More

Moderation Reflection Virtue

Too much, too little, or just right?

Moderation, a virtue related to temperance, aids us in maintaining a healthy and wholesome balance... See More

Perseverance Reflection Virtue

I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.

“The Little Engine That Could” illustrates the virtue of perseverance. We can all imagine the... See More

Reflection Self-control Virtue

Holding My Tongue

If we were to survey which virtue most people have heard about for their entire... See More

Foresight Reflection Virtue

Why Should We Practice Foresight?

In Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, He instructs us to trust in... See More

Prayerfulness Reflection Virtue

Prayerfulness: Living More Fully in His Grace

An often-overlooked virtue related to justice is the virtue of religion. This virtue relates specifically... See More

Courtesy Reflection Virtue

The Golden Rule

The golden rule is one of the best ways to summarize courtesy. “Do to others... See More

Reflection Teach Virtue Trustworthiness Virtue

Everyone Seeks a Trustworthy Person

Trustworthiness means being reliable. It can be easy to associate this with external actions as... See More

Learn Virtue Modesty Reflection Uncategorized Virtue

Modesty and the 4S’s

Modesty regulates our need to attract attention and seek ways to promote ourselves, whether in... See More

Affability Reflection Virtue

Don’t Get Too Close to Me!

Affability. Repeat the word to yourself. Again – affability. There is something about that word... See More

Learn Virtue Reflection Sincerity Teach Virtue Virtue

Imposters No More

A sincere person is truthful in words and actions. Even though the opportunities seem few,... See More

Reflection Respect Virtue

Restoring Respect

In recent times, it would seem that a proper understanding of respect has diminished. It... See More

Learn Virtue Magnanimity Reflection

Is the Trumpet for Yourself or Others?

“When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do... See More

Fortitude Reflection Virtue

Fortitude and Fruit

When I read and pray with Scripture, I ask the Holy Spirit to give me... See More

Patience Reflection Virtue

Growing in Patience

Cultivation of virtue will continue throughout our entire lives. This is truly a gentle sign... See More

Education Humility Learn Virtue Reflection Virtue

How to Build a Strong Foundation

Have you ever paused and realized, “Wow, I’m just focusing on the negative”? Or caught... See More

Education Prayerfulness Reflection Virtue

How Jesus Taught Us to Pray

“He was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples... See More

Gratitude Reflection Virtue

Being Thankful – in Mind and Heart

Words are important. They can either build or destroy. The letter of James certainly reveals... See More

Education Magnanimity Reflection Teach Virtue

The World Doesn’t Revolve Around Me

How does one distinguish between magnanimity and ambition? They look the same from the outside,... See More

Patriotism Reflection Virtue

Willingness to Serve for Freedom

Freedom comes from God, and those who serve Him, defend it.  In the liturgy, we... See More

Circumspection Education Reflection Virtue in the Classroom

Approaching the Train Tracks

When approaching train tracks, circumspection is second nature. You stop, look both ways, and only... See More

Education Industriousness Reflection Virtue in the Classroom

Finish What You Start

The cardinal virtue of fortitude enables us to face the difficulties in life. The living... See More

Courtesy Education Reflection Teach Virtue

Box of Chocolates

We all have childhood memories that especially stick with us; for my sister and me,... See More

Education Kindness Reflection Teach Virtue

The Power of Kindness

As we study the virtues and work to integrate them into our lives, we discover... See More

Education Foresight Reflection Teach Virtue Virtue in the Classroom

THE Calendar Date

Since the invention of keeping a calendar or tracking time, people have developed thousands of... See More

Education Learn Virtue Reflection Responsibility Teach Virtue

I didn’t mean to but…

How many times have you said or thought, “I didn’t mean to, but…”? “But” is... See More

Education Obedience Reflection Virtue in the Classroom

No Guinea Hen Left Behind

Imagine this scene: one guinea hen trapped in a 12’x12’ space with one exit point... See More

Docility Education Reflection Teach Virtue Virtue

Google It

Not too long ago, I had a conversation with a doctor working with medical students... See More

Education Orderliness Reflection Virtue Virtue in the Classroom

Make Your Bed

About four years ago, this little book by Admiral William H. McRaven hit the shelves.... See More

Education Justice Reflection Virtue in the Classroom

View From the Cross

To live justly is to give to others, beginning with God, what is their due.... See More

Education Prudence Prudence Reflection Virtue

Pray, Think, Act

When I taught, these three words would be on the bulletin board in front of... See More

Charity (Love) Education Faith hope Reflection Teach Virtue Virtue in the Classroom

Nurturing the Theological Virtues in Your Life

Last week I unpacked the meaning of the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.... See More

Charity (Love) Education Faith hope Reflection School Teach Virtue

Welcome Back to a New School Year!

It seems fitting to begin the academic year focusing on the theological virtues of faith,... See More

Family Individual News Reflection School

What is Openlight Media?

Last Friday, we launched Openlight Media, formerly Lumen Ecclesiae Digital. I want to explain the... See More

Reflection The Holy Spirit

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

A bird in your mailbox. Curious? I hope so. As we anticipate the Solemnity of... See More

Reflection Saints Virtue

Do You Know this Young Saint?

Thanks for your positive response to the little frog on the window. May 6th was... See More

Gratitude Reflection Virtue

My Little Frog on the Window

Recently I had a conversation with a woman who has done extensive research on virtue.... See More

Reflection Virtue

Did You Hear the Word?

As we continue to unlock the purpose of living a virtuous life, I want to... See More

Reflection Virtue

It’s All about the Little Things!

When we learn about the lives of the Apostles, our time is generally focused on... See More

Getting Started Reflection Virtue

happiness. simplified.

Since we have concluded the weekly series on the virtues, I would like to spend... See More

Charity (Love) Reflection Virtue

Charity | “For God so Loved the World”

“He (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning and has nothing to do with... See More

hope Reflection Virtue

Hope Anchors Us!

Hope. This is a word we use daily. “We hope it doesn’t rain” – “We hope... See More

Faith Reflection Virtue

Faith | There’s Great News!

If you have been to Hobby Lobby®, you already know the names of the three... See More

Reflection Self-control Virtue

Self-Control | “Be Your Own Boss!”

We recently added a Live Chat feature to our website to assist visitors. Since our... See More

Foresight Rosary Virtue

Looking Ahead to the Month of the Rosary

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Catechesis Responsibility Virtue

Wiring Virtue into our Brains

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Catechesis Charity (Love) Prayer Virtue

Mary, the Mother of All

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Catechesis hope Prayer Virtue

Mary’s Assumption

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Catechesis Loyalty Prayer Virtue

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity

Mary remained a virgin before, during, and after the birth of her son.... See More