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Catholic Virtue Reflection: Blessed are the Peacemakers

Reflection by Robin Jo Jensen
Photo by Kate R. Meeuwsen

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

Excerpted from Pope Paul VI's address, October, 1965 in New York City. Continued from last week’s reflection: “Second thought: You must serve the cause of peace. Serve it, and not make use of it for aims other than the true aims of peace. Serve it, and not use this noble standard as a cover for cowardice or selfishness, which refuses to make sacrifices for the common good; not debilitate and pervert the spirit, by evading the call of duty and seeking one’s own interests and pleasure. Peace is not a state which can be acquired and made permanent. Peace must be built; it must be built up every day by works of peace. These works of peace are, first of all, social order; then, aid to the poor, who still make up an immense multitude of the world population, aid to the needy, the weak, the sick, the ignorant. Peace must be like a garden, in which public and private beneficence cultivates the choicest flowers of friendship, of solidarity, of charity and love."

Please be reminded, once again, that you are invited and encouraged to attend our weekly Masses and Stations of the Cross. The next Mass with the children from Holy Cross Catholic School is Friday at 8 am. The Stations of the Cross are on Friday at 2 pm in church.

May God continue to bless you on your Lenten journey.


Special thanks...The Black-eyed Susans photo included with today's reflection was taken by Holy Cross community member Kate R. Meeuwsen. Kate writes of her photography experience: "The day was full of promise as I caught these beauties basking in the radiance of first light. Alone, each flower has simple imperfections, but as a cluster they embody depth, vigor and purpose. Oh, the endless possibilities of what can be achieved when we stand together!"

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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