Greetings Assumption Catholic Schools,
May God continue to bless you and your loved ones. May the Holy Spirit guide you in making good choices and may we all rejoice in the joy of the Risen Christ.
This week our virtue theme is ZEAL – The strength to pursue an objective with tremendous energy and enthusiasm. ZEAL is necessary for everything in life! We need ZEAL to succeed this year, to pursue our objectives with energy and enthusiasm if we expect to succeed, especially when things get difficult.
Thank You, Lord, for this day, this opportunity, this time together. Strengthen our wills and forge our resolve to have ZEAL in everything we do. Help us to imitate You always, especially in your ZEAL to love others.
Live today like it’s the last day you’ll ever be able to play your favorite sport, play your favorite instrument, gather with your friends, enjoy time with your family … ever again. Life is short and precious.
Lord God, You didn’t run at the first sign of chaos or difficulty. You showed us how to have ZEAL in whatever task we are called to. We want to live like You! We want to live with ZEAL, we want to play and study and work with ZEAL, we want to love others with ZEAL. Help us, Lord, to be more that way this week.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Study something with ZEAL this week. Set a goal that you are going to learn something, whether in school or on your own and pursue it with energy and enthusiasm. Your example of ZEAL could be a difference in somebody’s life
“No sacrifice is more acceptable to God than zeal for souls.” – Pope St. Gregory the Great
“Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.” – St. Therese of Lisieux
THE OPPOSING VICE
“SETTLING FOR OK” – The weakness of avoiding extra effort to pursue greatness.
This week our virtue is ZEAL – The strength to pursue an objective with tremendous energy and enthusiasm.
A typical opposite of genuine zeal is an attitude of settling for mediocrity or just doing enough to get by…
As many have said, “Good is the enemy of great.”
Schools, parishes, teams … face the constant obstacle of having too much to do with too little time to do it. We are all stretched too thin.
We wear “10 hats” and have time to do “7 of them.”
This wears us down at times where we soon begin “writing off” our initial goal, vision, mission or purpose because it is just too hard.
We need to constantly remind ourselves that God wants us and all those around us to grind for greatness in every area. So, what are some intentional ways we can stay focused on this truth:
Teach your staff and team members to have a heightened awareness of whether they are pushing for greatness in EVERY action they take.
|▪||Constantly challenge everyone to PUSH for excellence, most especially when they do not FEEL like it, as this is were the real growth in maturity will come from.|
|▪||Establish some regular accountability to keep you on track.|
|▪||Seek additional FUEL by uniting yourself to God and our Blessed Mother through prayer and the Sacraments.|
Let’s be ZEALOUS this week to embrace our mission and to keep getting after it!
“O my God, teach me to be generous
to serve you as you deserve to be served
to give without counting the cost
to fight without fear of being wounded
to work without seeking rest
and to spend myself without expecting any reward
but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.
― St. Ignatius of Loyola
In Christ’s Peace
Assumption Catholic Schools
Remember that we are a Royal People. Raised to be a part of the three fold mission of Jesus – Priest, Prophet and King.