Updated: Monday, September 16th 12:15 pm
Weekly Virtue Lesson
FALL SEASON: Week Seven
Theme: The Virtue of Humility, and Perseverance
1 Timothy 5:13 (Paul’s first letter written to Timothy, Chapter 5 Verse 13)
“They learn to be idlers, gadding about from house to house, and not only idlers but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.”
Humility and perseverance go hand in hand. We cannot succeed at being humble without perseverance. “Perseverance is fidelity in the midst of failure.” (Wetta, 2017). This means we are faithful and loyal even when things aren’t going our way or are just plain tough. Perseverance is when you keep trying at something even when it is difficult, you are failing, or someone is working against you. Doesn’t sound easy, right? But it’s very important. We have to use perseverance in order to be truly humble.
Perseverance and humility in word is not easy. But this was very important to St. Benedict when he wrote his rules on humility so many years ago. St. Benedict tells us that above all else, there should be no grumbling. Outright objection and discussion are easier on a community and on a family than grumbling, whining, and gossip. These kinds of behaviors spread bitterness and separate family, teammates, and close friends. Different than when we completely disobey someone, grumbling makes everyone restless, uneasy, and angry, even the grumbler himself! When we grumble, we lose sight of our gratitude, so that we cannot see the goodness of God and the goodness in our lives. “If we want to be holy, happy, and humble, we need to avoid grumbling above all else.” (Wetta, 2017).
1. Name something in the last week that made you grumble, whine, or complain.
a. Possible answers = getting up in the morning, getting dressed, going to church, doing homework, helping with chores, attending practice, helping in the yard, complaining about dishes, a friend that bugged you, a family member that annoyed you, didn’t think something was fair, a “wrong call” during a game, a thought that the other team cheated during a game, perhaps penalties that you think should have been called, someone offended you
2. THINK QUIETLY. How did you feel after grumbling about an activity or complaining about someone to someone else? Did it solve the issue? Did you feel good?
a. Give 10 seconds of quiet time; younger grades may want to share
Challenges for the week: Parents, coaches, and students
1) Try to spend an entire day without correcting anyone.
2) Keep your negative opinion to yourself.
3) Smile at someone that does not look like they are going to smile back.
Closing Prayer: A player may read.
Dear Mary, Mother of God,
You are the most perfect example of humility. You lived with an accepting grateful heart and didn’t complain or grumble even during times of despair. We ask you to help us so that we too may grow in perseverance and humility.
Say the Hail Mary as a team.
Humility Rules: Saint Benedict’s 12-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem by J. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B. 2017.
Each team that participates with the St. Susanna Athletic Boosters Ministry is required to complete a service project. Through working on the project with their teammates and coaches, we hope that each child will grow in their love for others and Jesus Christ. These projects not only help the children in acquiring the personal attributes of courage, respect, commitment and selflessness, they also help them to be formed in the virtues of Faith, Hope, Love and Charity- thus fulfilling our promise to love and serve the Lord as a part of our Catholic Faith.
Each team picks a project coordinator (parent) to assist with organization of the project. This parent volunteer communicates the team’s project information to the Boosters service project coordinator as soon as the project is selected.
Find a project that is a good fit for the team! Please pick dates to include coach’s availability.
Please include: Date of project, project name, and then once completed- pictures if possible.
For questions regarding projects not listed, please contact the Boosters service project coordinator and she will discuss with Father Eric for approval.
Service Project Coordinator: Julie Connell email@example.com
Click on links below for approved service project ideas!