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Catholic Virtue Reflection: Blessed are the Pure of Heart

By Principal Robin Jo Jensen

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
"It is true, because of the greatness and inexpressible glory of God, that ‘man shall not see me and live’; for the Father cannot be grasped. But because of God’s love and goodness toward us, and because he can do all things, he goes so far as to grant those who love him the privilege of seeing him….for ‘what is impossible for men is possible for God.’ "
St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, IV.20.5

I encourage all of us to seriously contemplate our Lenten journey as we begin the season of Lent. We have asked all of the school children to make a Lenten promise to God. We have put our promises on “links” and have made a school promise chain. Our promise chain wraps around the chest that holds the Alleluia that we buried in our prayer service on Tuesday. The chest and the chain have been placed in the school lobby and are a visual reminder to us of the promises we have made to God. We look forward to our journey with Jesus these next 40 days. We ask you to join with us on this journey. Please join us each week for Mass and Stations of the Cross, if you are able to do so.

May God bless you on your Lenten journey.

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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