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Catholic Virtue Reflection: Our Father

By Mrs. Robin Jo Jensen

We continue our study of the “Our Father” portion of “The Lord’s Prayer."

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
2786 “Our” Father refers to God. The adjective, as used by us, does not express possession, but an entirely new relationship with God.
2787 When we say “our” Father, we recognize first that all his promises of love announced by the prophets are fulfilled in the new and eternal covenant in his Christ: we have become “his” people and he henceforth “our” God. This new relationship is the purely gratuitous gift of belonging to each other: we are to respond to “grace and truth” given us in Jesus Christ with love and faithfulness. [45]

The words of the Our Father are Jesus’ own words, and we pray them because they are the words Jesus commanded us to use. Simply knowing that we are following Jesus’ instructions should provide assurance that God will hear us. The privilege of using Jesus’ own words is an additional sign of His friendship. One of the Church’s early theologians, St. Cyprian, remarked, “to plead with the Lord in His own words betokens the prayer of an intimate and devoted friend.”

May Our Father Bless You Always.

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, fruits, and prayers 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 141 years and has an enrollment of 195 students in grades EC3 to 8th grade. For more information, please visit the school's website: www.holycrossfamily.org/.

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