“Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
Virtue formation remains a critical component of the mission of Mount Royal Academy. Powerful cultural forces run contrary to the Christian moral principles this school aims to uphold and teach. Children need a constant reminder that true happiness is acquired through the pursuit of virtue.
Theyear 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s series ofapparitions to three poor shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Through thesethree simple children, Our Lady chose to reveal her plan of peace to the world.The essential elements of the message are to pray and offer sacrifices for theconversion of souls. Lucia, Jacinta, and Francesco immediately began doing justthat as soon as Our Lady asked them. Besides receiving the messages from OurLady, each child lived the message daily in their lives. Because of this simplefaith, Jacinta and Francesco are now canonized saints and no doubt, very soonLucia will be as well. One of the many lessons of the message of Fatima is thatthe daily prayer of children can change the world.
The capstone of our virtue of the month program in 2017-2018 will be faith. Faith “is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself.” (CCC 1814) The children of Fatima will be our role models. Our Lord was surely referring to the faith of such as these when he said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 18:3)
September - Courtesy
October - Circumspection
November - Patriotism
December - Faith
January - Honesty
February - Orderliness
March - Moderation
April - Kindness
May - Magnificence
June - Recap of the year
The Education in Virtue website has excellent support info for each virtue, such as, scripture quotes and saints lives. All members of the school are encouraged to strive for the virtuous life.