Golden Eagles News · Sports Leader: Virtue of the Week – HUMILITY


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Being that Thanksgiving Week is a two-day week for many schools, we added more material so that this virtue could be used before and after Thanksgiving (November 23-24 and then November 30-December 4). Or you can choose to continue with the previously sent material, whichever you prefer.

As a heads up for the coming weeks, we will NOT send virtue material on the following days because of Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks:
* November 27
* December 18
* December 25

We will resume sending weekly material Friday January 1st.

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SONG: Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

SAINT: St. Anthony

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Nick Vujicic Motivational Minute on Humility

INTRODUCTION

Our virtue this week is HUMILITY – The strength to put others before ourselves. God first, others second and ourselves last. In other words JOY = Jesus, Others, Yourself.

PRAYER

Lord, You HUMBLED Yourself by becoming a man. You did this because You put us before Yourself, even though You are Infinite and Eternal. Thank You for Your Love, Lord. Give us the strength to be HUMBLE and to imitate Your example by putting others before ourselves.

Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in an Our Father?

STORY

WHERE HUMILITY AND OBEDIENCE PAY OFF

There was a young man who was in a horrible accident. It left him without his left arm. He was a valiant guy, though, and never let that stop him. He decided to take up judo. He began his lessons with an old Japanese judo master. He was a good coach and the young man knew it. He decided he would do his best to always listen to his coach and try to do everything he asked of him. But after three months he began to get frustrated because his coach had only taught him one move.

He finally broke down one day, “Coach aren’t there any more moves I can learn?” “That is the only move you need to know,” was the answer he got. He didn’t really understand but he humbly kept training. About a year later it was time for his tournament. The young man was amazed at how easily he won first two contests. The third one was a bit more challenging but still won when his opponent got impatient and charged imprudently. He used his one move yet again and won the match.

This put him in the finals. Everyone was amazed – one arm, first tournament, the finals … everyone except his coach. The final match was kind of scary. His opponent was bigger, faster, stronger and very experienced. The match got ugly quick so ugly that the ref called a time-out at one point. “Keep going, you are doing fine,” his coach reassured him. “If he drops his guard, attack.”

As the contest continued, the young man patiently waited to see if he would drop his guard even for a second. His opponent made that critical mistake. He made the only move he had learned and he pinned him. He won his very first tournament. On the way home the young man just couldn’t hold in his curiosity any longer. “Coach how did I win with only one move?” His coach answered him not the least bit surprised that he won, “It’s really quite simple. First, you have almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”

QUESTIONS

How did this young man practice humility? He listened to his coach, he put into action what he was taught, he didn’t complain, he constantly tried to improve, he didn’t have a big head …

Share some examples of how students here at school or on our team or group who have practiced humility.

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HUMILITY CHALLENGE HOMILY

15 WAYS TO CULTIVATE HUMILITY

St. Teresa of Calcutta, while she was head of the Missionaries of Charity, kept a list of ways to cultivate humility for the sisters in her care.

1. Speak as little as possible about yourself.
2. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
3. Avoid curiosity (she is referring to wanting to know things that should not concern you.)
4. Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
5. Accept small irritations with good humor.
6. Do not dwell on the faults of others.
7. Accept censures even if unmerited.
8. Give in to the will of others.
9. Accept insults and injuries.
10. Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded.
11. Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
12. Do not seek to be admired and loved.
13. Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity.
14. Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
15. Choose always the more difficult task.
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RESOLUTION

Let’s practice the virtue of HUMILITY by not over-celebrating ourselves but by celebrating the successes and achievements of our teammates, our classmates and co-workers.

MENTORING

Tell me about a time someone did something very special for you.

When you think about God becoming a baby for you, what comes to your mind?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to put others before ourselves like You did. This is hard sometimes but we can do all things with Your strength.

Help us all to be more HUMBLE this week by praising one of our teachers for the excellent job they do.

WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK

Praise one of your teachers for the excellent job they do.

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The Beauty of the Humble Soul.

QUOTES

MONDAY

“Humility, that low, sweet root from which all heavenly virtues shoot.” – St. Thomas Moore

TUESDAY

“Being configured to Christ means emptying ourselves so that God can fill us.” – Father Augustus Tolton

WEDNESDAY

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” – Edmund Burke

THURSDAY

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.” – C.S Lewis

FRIDAY

“Blessed the man and woman who is able to serve cheerfully in the second rank — a big test.” – Mary Slessor

SATURDAY

“A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.” – Fr. James Keller

SUNDAY

“If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wildflowers.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

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VICE OF ARROGANCE MOVIE CLIP: Some dinosaurs work together to get food while another insists she doesn’t need anyone else.

BIBLE QUOTES

Luke 18: 9-14
He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.

The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’

But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’

I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Philippians 2: 3-11
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also everyone for those of others.

Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.

Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

SAINT

St. Anthony of Padua

He would humbly do whatever job his religious superiors would give him.

THE OPPOSING VICE

ARROGANCE – The weakness of putting ourselves first where we display an attitude of being better than others.

Some Characteristics of Arrogance – How do we identify it?

1- Excessive desire to receive praise from others

2- Constantly speaks of themselves and their achievements

3- Overcompensate for their weaknesses

4- Have problems creating relationships

5- They don’t recognize their mistakes and don’t receive criticisms well.

6- They find it difficult to ask for forgiveness

7- They are intolerant of those who are not like them

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This litany can be used for your monthly prayer that you pray over the intercom.

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Stained glass window from Our Lady Queen of Peace in Maywood, NJ.