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The Value of Humilty

It’s taken a long time to straighten out my understanding of humility. As a child I was taught that to say anything positive about yourself was vanity and...

Kathy Hendricks

Virtue Series: Wellness and the New Year

Long before the term “holistic medicine” came into use, Hildegard of Bingen was putting it into practice. This twelfth century figure had a resume that...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Prayer for Integrity

My fascination with Abraham Lincoln started at a young age. I pulled a hefty tome about his assassination off my parent’s bookshelf while in fourth grade...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Uncovering Virtue

Much as I love the season of fall, I am going to miss my mornings on the front porch. I start most summer days there, reading from a book of reflections...

Kathy Hendricks

Gifts of the Holy Spirit– Understanding

Of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, understanding seems to be the most multi-leveled. It brings to mind a Russian nesting doll in which each one opens...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Reflections: Forgive to Forget

“Forgive and forget.” Anyone who has labored with a massive load of hurt and injury understand how difficult this advice is. How does one forget...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtue Series: Wellness and Spirituality

There is nothing like a head cold to remind me of the blessing of good health. Each time I come down with one, I am once again taken by surprise at how...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Unity in Christ

"So that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” John 17:21

Kathy Hendricks

Psalm 23 Reflection: Surely Goodness and Mercy Will Follow Me

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life…” Psalm 23:6 Of all the psalms, the twenty-third is certainly the most familiar. Each...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Meek and Humble of Heart

Of all the Beatitudes, the one calling for meekness might seem the most puzzling. Isn’t it the strong and most forceful who conquer lands and acquire...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues: Image of Mercy from a Catholic Family

Growing up in a Catholic family, I was used to seeing images around our house reminding us of our faith tradition. One of the most memorable was the...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues and Values Game

Engage students as you teach them about Catholic virtues and values with a colorful handout featuring 52 virtues and values, one for each week of the...

Allie Johnston

Catholic Virtues Series: Hunger and Thirst for Justice

“Everybody wants to see justice done on somebody else.” Bruce Cockburn  When I taught fourth graders I quickly learned their mantra: “It’s not fair.”...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Honesty Is the Best Policy

As January comes to an end, I am busy collecting all the necessary forms and receipts in order to file my taxes. Each year I try to get a jump start on...

Kathy Hendricks

Virtues & Values Concentration Game

Engage students as they learn about virtues and values! A special Virtues and Values Concentration Game invites students to illustrate what virtue or...

Allie Johnston

Catholic Virtues Series: Lessons in Patience

I don’t know the reason for it but I recently spent a morning feeling impatient with everyone and everything. The drivers going a few miles below the...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Empathy and Comfort

“Twelve Years a Slave” was on television recently and I found it no easier to watch the second time around. The same heartache enveloped me as scenes of...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Loyal Loved Ones

“Wherever you go, I will go…” (Ruth 1:16) These words from Ruth to her mother-in-law, Naomi, encapsulate the bond between two women from divergent...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: The Contagion of Joy

I love how Pope Francis has resurrected the concept of joy. In his encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), he emphasizes the importance of...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: The Legacy of Generosity

When I got the email about Ray’s death, my heart sank. It wasn’t a surprise, as the cancer in his system was depleting his energy and slowly draining the...

Kathy Hendricks

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