Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Teaching About Heroic Virtue

Mother Teresa's canonization next month gives us a perfect opportunity to talk about the universal call to holiness and the path to sanctity with the students we teach.

One of the hallmark qualities of a person who is canonized is his or her heroic virtue.  (An investigation into their life and work must reveal heroic virtue before they are named Venerable). Actually, all Christians are called to grow in virtue.  You can read more about the virtues in the CCC 1803-1845.  A virtue is simply to habit of doing good and giving the best of yourself, with the goal of being like God- sounds like a good lesson for kids, right?

I've collected some resources for teaching about virtue (you can read those posts here), but decided to get a little more organized for the coming school year.  Here are a few printables to help you lead your students in understanding the Cardinal and Theological Virtues.

Click in here for an informational coloring book about the seven Cardinal and Theological virtues:

Click here for a key to the virtue notes found on page 2 in the coloring book:

Click here for an eight page mini book with the Cardinal and Theological Virtues:

Click here for a mini book with the Act of Love, Act of Faith, and Act of Hope prayers:

Click here for a matching coloring page for the Theological Virtues:

 Want to practice the virtues with kids? Check out how we made weekly class and individual goals about growing in virtue here.

Want to study the virtues with a Bible Study or Youth Group?  Check out these study guides connecting the virtues and the Saints here and here.


  1. Thank you, Katie! My students will love creating the booklet.

  2. May God bless you abundantly for these beautiful resources and for making them available for free to underpaid teachers!

  3. Oh my goodness thank you and may God bless you for sharing all of these wonderful resources!!!

  4. Thank you for sharing, excellent resources for our students.