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Catholic Virtue Reflection: Blessed are the Pure of Heart

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.

Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP, says in his book, The Three Ages of the Interior Life:

Blessed are the clean of heart, even though they may be naturally less endowed than may others; if they are clean of heart, they shall see God…

A truly clean heart is like the limpid waters on a lake in which the azure of the sky is reflected, or like a spiritual mirror in which the image of God is reproduced…

That the heart may be pure, a generous mortification is prescribed…

Even here on earth, the Christian will, in a sense, see God in his neighbor…in holy scripture, in the life of the Church, in the circumstances of his own life, and even in trial, in which he will find the lessons on the ways of Providence as a practical application of the gospel. Under the inspiration of the gift of understanding, this is the true contemplation which prepares us for that by which properly speaking, we shall see God face to face, His goodness, and His infinite beauty.

God bless you.

What is Catholic Virtue Education?
Catholic Virtue Education focuses on teaching students and their families about Catholic virtue as outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. While all of the virtues, works, gifts and fruits are intricately intertwined into our Catholic Faith, Catholic Virtue Education at Holy Cross Catholic School focuses on certain aspects each month in order to enhance learning for all students, of all abilities, in all grades.

Each month a new virtue is developed, and the students are involved in defining, discussing and exhibiting that trait in their daily lives. Principal Robin Jo Jensen includes reflections on the month's virtue in her weekly parent letter to spur discussions at home. At the end of the month parents are encouraged to attend a student-directed, all-school assembly focusing on the lessons taught throughout the month.

About Holy Cross Catholic School
Located on the growing northeast side of Green Bay at the historic crossroads of Church and Bay Settlement Roads, Holy Cross Catholic School is the point at which faith, community and education converge. The school educates children within the Catholic faith and provides them with opportunities to develop the values, attitudes and skills that will enable them to become vital members of the community. Holy Cross Catholic School has been in existence for 140 years and has an enrollment of 189 students in grades EC3 to 8th grade. For more information, please visit the school's website: www.holycrossfamily.org/.

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