Friday, October 05, 2012

Forming Minds and Hearts


Sometimes I wonder if, in the future, God will call me to be a Director of Religious Education for whatever parish we are in at the time.  I would simply love the challenges of the job.

Perhaps that is why I've had these unique thoughts about how a religious education program could be greatly improved.  I believe there should be two more courses added to the curriculum that are required before 8th grade Confirmation.

First, I believe there should be a Development of Virtues Course.  The entire focus of the class will be the defining and application of virtues.  Just look at how many there are!!  I've pasted a list of them at the end of this blog.  :)

Second, I believe there should be a Conscience Forming Course.  Students would discuss and debate what is the most moral course of action to take in various hypothetical situations.

To me, these are almost just as important as learning the catechism itself.  For, if a person is not taught how to embody the virtues that Jesus Christ possessed and is not taught how to apply them to their everyday life, we are doing our brothers and sisters an injustice.

I believe that already some of our wonderful religious education teachers do this, but I believe much more focus and attention must be given to it.

This is what I believe our young people need to help make this world a better place!  Here below is a list of all the virtues we should try to embody!

Acceptance To consider circumstances, especially those that can not be changed, as satisfactory.
AccountabilityAccountability The quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions.
AmbitionAmbition Having a strong desire for success or achievement.
AssertivenessAssertiveness Disposed to or characterized by bold or confident assertion.
BeautyBeauty The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. Aesthetic harmony.
BenevolenceBenevolence The disposition to do good.
BraveryBravery A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger of pain without showing fear.
CaringCaring to give care. A concern for...
CharityCharity Generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering. Aid given to those in need.
ChastityChastity Purity in conduct and intention.
CautionCaution Avoidance of rashness, attention to safety.
CleanlinessCleanliness Careful to keep clean : fastidious, habitually kept clean.
CommitmentCommitment The firm carrying out of purpose.
CompassionCompassion Sympathetic awareness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
ConfidenceConfidence A feeling of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances. Faith in oneself.
ConsiderationConsideration Thoughtful and sympathetic regard for the needs of others. Careful thought.
ContentmentContentment The quality of feeling satisfied with one's possessions, status, or situation.
CooperationCooperation To associate with another or others for mutual benefit/to achieve a shared goal.
CourageCourage A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear.
CourtesyCourtesy Polite, respectful or considerate behaviour mindful of other people.
CreativityCreativity The ability to create. A quality involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts.
CuriosityCuriosity A desire to find out and know things.
DefianceDefiance Bold resistance.
DependabilityDependability Reliable, worthy of reliance or trust.
DetachmentDetachment Freedom from atachments.
DeterminationDetermination Firmness of purpose.
DevotionDevotion A great love or loyalty, enthusiastic zeal.
DiligenceDiligence Conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation. Persevering determination to perform a task.
DiscernmentDiscernment The ability to distinguish; judgement; Discrimination; To distinguish between things; To perceive differences that exist.
DiscretionDiscretion Being discrete in ones speech, keeping secrets.
DisciplineDiscipline The trait of being well behaved and under control.
EloquenceEloquence Powerful and effective language. Fluent, persuasive and articulate speech.
EmpathyEmpathy Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives.
EnthusiasmEnthusiasm A feeling of excitement. Exuberance: overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval.
ExcellenceExcellence The quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree.
FaithFaith Complete confidence in a person, plan or set of beliefs etc.
FaithfulnessFaithfulness Steadfast in affection or allegiance; loyal.
FlexibilityFlexibility Adaptable, able to be changed to suit circumstances.
FocusFocus Concentrated awareness and effort.
ForbearanceForbearance Restraint under provocation; patience: good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence.
ForgivenessForgiveness To cease to feel angry or bitter towards a person or about an offense.
FortitudeFortitude Strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage.
FriendlinessFriendliness Agreeableness is a tendency to be pleasant and accommodating.
FrugalityFrugality Prudence in avoiding waste. Being economical with resources.
GenerosityGenerosity Giving or ready to give freely, free from meanness or prejudice.
GentlenessGentleness Moderate; mild, quite; not rough or severe.
GraceGrace Elegance and beauty of movement or expression.
GratitudeGratitude Being thankful.
HelpfulnessHelpfulness The quality of providing useful assistance.
HonestyHonesty Truthful; sincere; not lieing or cheating.
HonorHonor Not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent. Worthy of being honored.
HopeHope The general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled.
HumblenessHumbleness Modest; not arrogant or boastful.
HumilityHumility A disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride.
HumorHumor The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd.
IdealismIdealism High mindedness: elevated ideals and conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued.
IntegrityIntegrity Moral soundness; Integrity is consistency of values and actions. Unbroken completeness with nothing lacking.
ImpartialityImpartiality Fair. An inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally without bias.
IndustryIndustry Diligent, hardworking.
InnocenceInnocence Guileless, not guilty.
JoyfulnessJoyfulness The emotion of great happiness
JusticeJustice Fair, impartial, giving a deserved response.
KindnessKindness Friendly, helpful, well meaning.
KnowledgeKnowledge Part of the hierarchy made up of data, information and knowledge. Data are raw facts. Information is data with context and perspective. Knowledge is information with guidance for action based upon insight and experience.
LiberalityLiberality An inclination to favor progress and individual freedom the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament.
LoveLove A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.
LoyaltyLoyalty Steadfast in allegiance to one's homeland, government, or sovereign. Faithful to a person, ideal, custom, cause, or duty.
MagnanimityMagnanimity The virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes.
MajestyMajesty Great and impressive dignity.
MeeknessMeekness The feeling of patient, submissive humbleness; a disposition to be patient and long suffering.
MercyMercy Clemency: leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice.
ModerationModeration The avoidance of extremes in one’s actions or opinions.
ModestyModesty Freedom from vanity or conceit. Not inclined to boast.
ObedienceObedience Willingness to obey, to be controlled when necessary, to carry out orders.
OpennessOpenness Ready and willing to talk candidly.Unsecretive.
OrderlinessOrderliness Neatness and tidiness. A personality trait which involves the organization of things into a state of order and symmetry. The quality of appreciating method and system.
PatiencePatience The ability to endure delay, trouble, pain or hardship.
PeacePeace Freedom from mental agitation; serenity.
PerseverancePerseverance Being persistent, refusing to stop despite failures, delays and difficulties.
PersistencePersistence Never-ceasing, relentless.
PietyPiety Humble devotion to a high ideal.
PrudencePrudence Wise or careful in conduct. Shrewd or thrifty in planning ahead.
PunctualityPunctuality The quality or habit of adhering to an appointed time.
PurityPurity Freedom from defilement. Undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material. Unsullied by sin or moral wrong.
PurposefulnessPurposefulness Having a definite goal.
ReliabilityReliability Can be trusted to do something.
ResolutenessResoluteness The quality of being firm in purpose.
ResourcefulnessResourcefulness The ablility to act effectively or imaginatively, especially in regard to difficult situations and unusual problems.
RespectRespect Admiration for others. Treating people with due dignity.
ResponsibilityResponsibility Having control over and accountability for appropriate events.
RestraintRestraint Holding Back.
ReverenceReverence Profound awe and respect.
RighteousnessRighteousness Adhering to moral principles. Holiness.
SelflessnessSelflessness The quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others.
Self SacrificeSelf Sacrifice The giving up of one's own benefit, especially giving up one's life, for the good of others.
ServiceService Work done by one person or group that benefits another.
SensitivitySensitivity Heightened awareness of oneself and others within the context of social and personal relationships.
SilenceSilence Inner peace. Being silent.
SimplicitySimplicity Straightforward; not complex or complicated. Unpretentious.
SinceritySincerity Free from pretense or deceit in manner or actions.
SobrietySobriety Serious, solemn and calm. Free from intoxication.
SpontaneitySpontaneity Natural, not planned.
SteadfastnessSteadfastness Firm, resolute; determinedly unwavering.
StrengthStrength Capable of exerting great force.
TactTact Consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense.
TemperanceTemperance Moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression. Restraint in the use of or abstinence from alcoholic liquors/intoxicants.
ThankfulnessThankfulness Warm friendly feelings of gratitude.
ThriftThrift The characteristic of using a minimum of something. Saving.
ToleranceTolerance Tending to permit, allow, understand, or accept something; tending to withstand or survive.
ToughnessToughness Strong and durable; not easily damaged.
TranquilityTranquility Serenely quite and peaceful; undisturbed.
TrustTrust Having confidence in others; lacking suspicion.
TrustworthinessTrustworthiness Able to be trusted or depended on; reliable.
TruthfulnessTruthfulness Accurately depicting what is real.
UnderstandingUnderstanding Comprehension, assimilation of knowledge. The holistic awareness of facts.
UnityUnity Freedom from division. Oneness.
VitalityVitality Exuberant physical strength or mental vigor, energy.
WisdomWisdom The trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight.
WonderWonder The feeling aroused by something strange and surprising.
ZealZeal Ardor. A feeling of strong eagerness. Tireless devotion.