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Catholic and Christian Values
“A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1803
Our school welcomes both Catholic and non-Catholic families who believe that values must be aligned with one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions to build and strengthen their children’s character and position them for success. As instruments of God’s grace, our students learn to live a moral life by practicing both human and theological virtues. Human virtues—as they relate to the four cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance—support moral behavior, control passions, and avoid sin. The theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity (love) relate directly to God and influence human virtues by increasing their stability and strength.
We teach our students each of the Ten Commandments which forbid certain sins while also defining virtues that will help them avoid such sins. Practicing virtues such as generosity, poverty of spirit, gentleness, purity of heart, temperance, and fortitude help them overcome and avoid the seven deadly or capital sins—pride, avarice or greed, envy, anger, lust, gluttony, and sloth or laziness—which are those sins that engender other sins and vices.
Our teachers ensure religious teaching is not limited to religion class, but is included and modeled in every classroom, educational opportunity setting, and all aspects of the day. Our school day begins with faculty and staff prayer in our faculty room, followed by an assembly where we all come together to pray, read the Gospel, and offer intentions as a community. Our students pray before each class, pause prior to lunch to pray the Angelus and grace for our meal, and pray the Act of Contrition at the end of the day before dismissal.