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Catholic Virtue Reflection: On Earth as it is in Heaven

Submitted by Mrs. Robin Jo Jensen

During the month of January, we will study the “On Earth as it is in Heaven” portion of “The Lord’s Prayer."

Recent discoveries in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the apocryphal writings of Enoch and Jubilees, show us that at the time of Jesus, what the priests did in the Temple sanctuary was an earthly imitation of what the angels did in Heaven! Not mere pageantry, the heavenly and earthly liturgies had more than ceremonial purpose. God had given governance of creation to His angels, and the world itself was caught up in a cosmic liturgy: “Holy, holy, holy Lord God of host! Heaven and earth are full of His glory!” (Is. 6:3; Rev. 4:8) Israel’s worship overflowed from the Temple to form Israel’s very culture. King David desired that all earthly works flow from worship to be returned in thanksgiving and praise to God at the Temple. The ancient People of God recognized that to worship in such a way was an awesome gift. Yet it was still only a shadow of the angels’ worship and only a shadow of the worship that would be inaugurated by Jesus Christ. By assuming human flesh, Jesus brought Heaven to earth. With His very flesh, He has fulfilled and perfected the worship of ancient Israel. No longer worship as imitation of the angels, the liturgy of the New Covenant, the renewed Israel, the Church, worships together with the angels.

-- Reflections from Scott Hahn’s, Understanding Our Father: Biblical Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer

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: http://www.holycrossfamily.org/.

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