Virtues


The world of today is moving away from God and tradition.
The traditional meaning of family has been radically transformed.
*We seek inspiration in the face of uncertainty.
*We mark important milestones to reflect special events.  
*We connect to wholesome values to give us a sense of right and wrong.
Our world responds to the way in which we think, feel, believe, behave and act.
The conscience is a part of an individual's value system that tells you what is right and what is wrong.
God's beautiful, spiritual values and virtues create wholesome families and communities of purpose.



Virtues of Faith

For Christians, peace of mind is found in God and Jesus Christ.
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall”
(Psalm 55:22)
God's Power Can:  
*Guide the conscience to what is right and what is wrong.
*Govern what is important in life through values.
*Provide the positive choices to wholesome life.
"One thing I seek - to live in the Presence of the Lord - all the days of my life and, to behold God's Beauty".
-King David



Virtues of Love

Love is one of our most basic and fundamental needs.
Faith, hope, and charity (love) trace their importance in Christian theology to Saint Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 13, who pointed out that “the greatest of these is love.”
The First and Greatest Commandment
God's Laws of life define our love for Him and our love for each other.
A scribe once asked Jesus, "What commandment is the foremost of all?"
Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'
The Second Great Commandment
'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these'.
(NAS, Mark 12:28-31)
Love thy neighbor as thyself is an ethical principle of the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12) Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount.


Virtues of Goodness

*Goodness brings us closer to God.
*Goodness brings us closer to humanity.
Goodness make the world a better place.
It is "a virtue of love" that gives us empathy for our fellow human being.
Its compassionate nature heals the mind, provides inspiration and spiritual renewal.
God weaves His Goodness through humble people to build wholesome families and communities.
Every good deed leaves the mark of goodness.
It emphasizes the power one person can have to make an impact on the way we see ourselves as well as how others see us.


Virtues of the Heart


"Greatness" is achieved in serving others.
To serve and to give define Christian life.
Gifts from the heart are an important link to our inner values.
It offers vital opportunities to help people in need through kindness, generosity and compassion.
These are qualities that help us to grow spiritually and to live with a sense of purpose for the common good of humanity.
Jesus said: "For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give - large or small - will be used to measure what is given back to you."
(TLB, Luke 6:38)



Virtues of Service

Through selfless service, we live out the Vision of God.
Every person has been given at least one spiritual gift (charisma in Greek) by God to serve others.
People derive genuine satisfaction from helping others.
They are uniquely gifted to serve their fellow human being.
Jesus said: "For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give - large or small - will be used to measure what is given back to you."
(TLB, Luke 6:38)


Virtues of Humility

Humility brings fulfillment into the life of a humble person.
A humble person:
*is free from selfish pride
*exudes compassion
*can always be trusted
*treats everyone with respect
*reaches out to those in need
*will always forgive
*is thankful for what they have


Virtues of Gratitude

Gratitude eliminates negative emotions.
It improves mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
*think about the things you love
*think about the things that made you happy
They are a reminder to "count your blessings."


Virtues of Simplicity



Happiness is about people living in tune with their values.
It is a key to healthy and safe living.
It means:
*avoiding the extreme and harmful
*moderation where necessary
*using common sense
*making time to stop and "smell the roses"
Hilltop Monasteries
Greece is blessed with an abundance of humble little hilltop monasteries in picture-postcard settings.
Surrounded by peace and quiet, they spark the imagination and give one a sense of being a part of something greater than we could ever imagine.



Virtues of Tradition

Traditions reinforce the values of the family, community and society.
Cultural assets that make one proud are found in your language, religion, history, legends and traditions.
Preserving your heritage:
*Defines your past and shapes identity
*Brings families and communities together creating a sense of belonging
*Reinforces values and beliefs that we hold dear
*Provides a way to celebrate and to be proud of your history, culture and heritage.



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