Education in Virtue

Reflecting on the silver jubilee of the founding of Mount Royal Academy leads one to a place of gratitude. The founding families who gathered around a vision of hope for their children could not have fully envisioned what they were undertaking. Their dedication, sacrifice, and perseverance were blessed by God and the school has grown significantly over the past twenty five years. Each year, more and more people enter into the ever-expanding family of MRA.

All who have, and continue to, contribute to the growth and success of the school’s mission are witnesses to the hope that “he who promised is faithful” (Heb 10:23). The cold calculations of mere human effort would hardly conclude that a small Catholic contingent in the heart of a state not known for its faith would be on the leading edge of an educational movement that is restoring the original purpose of learning and Catholic education itself. The classical education model adopted here in 1994 is now a movement sweeping across America.

Even so, the school’s mission depends not on human efforts alone, but rather, “the confession that gives hope.” (Heb 10:23) It is the God who proved with his own blood that what we deem impossible, is simply, the one attainable Truth. This Truth, revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, is the source and summit of hope.

Thus, it is appropriate that the theological virtue crowning this year’s virtue of the month program is hope. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states “the virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness” (CCC 1818) placed in every heart by God. It grounds one’s actions in the eternal reward won by Jesus and combats discouragement. “Buoyed up by hope, [man] is preserved from selfishness and led to the happiness that flows from charity” (ibid.). The focus on hope is placed in December, as the new liturgical year begins with the season of Advent.

The other virtues selected for this year will serve to maintain focus on the development of character and personal holiness as teachers and students together embark on the journey to pursue the true, good, and beautiful knowledge and wisdom of the created world.

September - Respect (justice)
October - Prudence
November - Industriousness (fortitude)
December - Hope
January - Meekness (temperance)
February - Affability (justice)
March - Foresight (prudence)
April - Loyalty (justice)
May - Honesty (temperance)
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.