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Catholic Virtue Reflection: Blessed are the Peacemakers

By Principal Robin Jo Jensen

“Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”

“First of all, you must love peace. Here we can use the words of Christ: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the Son of God” (Matt 5, 9). If we truly wish to be Christians, we must love peace, we must make our own the cause of peace, we must meditate on the real meaning of peace, we must conform our minds to the thought of peace. In the past, it was not always so in the education of minds and the training of citizens; but today it must be so; we must love peace, because its dwelling is first in men’s hearts, and only afterwards in the external condition of society. Peace must live and reign in men’s consciences, as Holy Scripture teaches us: “May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts” (Col. 3, 15). Peace is order, in relation to God and in relation to men; it is wisdom, it is justice, it is civilization. Whoever loves peace loves mankind, without distinction of race or of color.” Excerpt from Pope Paul VI address, October 1965, New York City

Please be reminded that you are invited and encouraged to attend our weekly Masses and Stations of the Cross. Mass is at 8:00 am this Thursday (March 12). The Stations of the Cross will take place at 2:00 pm on Thursday (March 12) in church

May God bless you on your Lenten journey.

To learn more about Pope Paul VI's historic trip to the United States in October, 1965, please click here. To read the full text of Pope Paul VI's homily at Yankee Stadium, please click here.

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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