President’s Virtue/Strength April 29 2022
Dear Assumption Catholic Schools,
Happy Easter – Alleulia He is Risen! Our Easter season celebration continues, take joy in the glory of our Risen Lord!
May – the month of Mary begins on Sunday. Mary is the Patroness of Assumption Catholic Schools and we turn to her intercession for all our needs. Ave Maria!
I would like to thank Earl and Vivian Haefs for the generous donation of the new Assumption Catholic Schools sign located in front of the Assumption Catholic Middle and High School building.
Turning to our strength of the week.
This week our strength building on the virtue of
FORTITUDE is MAGNANIMITY.
The strength to have greatness of soul,
performing noble deeds that are
great in the eyes of God.
Each and every one of us are called by Almighty
God to be holy. We are called to be saints. To
reach such sublime heights, one can say that we
are called to be great.
This greatness is what is referred to as the virtue
of Magnanimity – which translates to ‘greatness
of soul’. It cannot exist without humility as its
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for He has looked with favor on His humble servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed,
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His Name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of His servant Israel
for He has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise He made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.
– Our Blessed Mother
5 WAYS TO DEVELOP
THE VIRTUE OF MAGNANIMITY
1. Begin by actually praying for the virtue of magnanimity! Jesus told
us if we ask Him for anything, he will give it; especially if it is a gift
that will serve to guide us toward salvation.
2. Make a concerted effort to accomplish any task with diligence.
Working with diligent designs, paying close attention to detail, and
actually caring about what you are doing are all excellent ways to
grow in magnanimity.
3. Adjust your attitude positively toward all things. In other words,
seek out God’s presence in all things and people.
4. Take notice of those around you that you would normally not give
a moment of your time. This means the stranger, the beggar, the
senior citizen, the good, and the bad; attempt to understand their
life and struggles as your own cross to bear. Cultivate a skill of
listening rather than speaking as many often say they hear others
but do not actually absorb their words. Prayerfully reach out to all
people first and foremost with a smile and a ‘God Bless You’.
5. DO NOT COMPLAIN! Give no quarter to murmuring against anyone
or anything. Remove from you vocabulary curse words and other
forms of inappropriate language.
Strive to live the whole we ek without complaining.
So no …
It’s too hot
It’s too cold
I’m too tired
This is lame
Not this again
Rolling our eyes
What are some other ways we complain?
MATTHEW 5: 38-42
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye
and a tooth for a tooth.’
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is
evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one to him as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand him your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go
with him for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your
back on one who wants to borrow.”
“It is better to be alone with God, His friendship will
not fail me, nor His counsel, nor His love.
In His strength I will dare and dare
and dare until I die.”
– St. Joan of Arc
“If God sends you many sufferings it is a sign that
He has great plans for you, and certainly wants to
make you a saint.”
– St. Ignatius Loyola
“In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the
Church is like a great ship being pounded by the
waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not
to abandon ship but to keep her on her course.”
– St. Boniface
The opposing vice
THE WEAKNESS TO SHY AWAY FROM THE GIFTS GOD HAS GIVEN YOU, OUT
OF TIMIDITY. LITTLENESS OF SOUL.
DON’T FALL FOR IT
One way to strive for magnanimity is to avoid the
temptation to its opposing vice, which is pusillanimity.
Pusillanimity is the direct opposite of magnanimity: it’s to
shy away from the gifts God has given you, out of timidity.
For example, God has given you a beautiful singing voice
but you won’t sing even when people invite and encourage
This is different from humility, because where humility is
acknowledging that your gifts are not your own,
pusillanimity is refraining from using those gifts in the first
Love conquers all fears. Nothing will do more to inspire
courage, to make us fearless of danger, or ready to endure
privation and persecution, than “love.” The love of country,
family, and home makes the timidest bold when they are
Lord Jesus, You had the biggest heart of all. You
gave every drop of Your blood for us on the Cross.
You left nothing back, You held nothing back, You
gave everything. People always talk about being
all in, no one was more All In than You and You
did it only because You love us. Thank you for Your
love and Your virtue. We need You, Lord, and we
want to be more like You.
In Christ’s Peace through Mary our Mother
Assumption Catholic Schools