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October’s Virtue:   KINDNESS

             Are ‘nice’ and ‘kind’ the same thing?  These words are often used interchangeably.  There is, however, an important difference.  It is ‘nice’ to be nice…but it is essential to be kind.  

             When I am nice, I am polite, pleasant, and generally agreeable to others.  Being nice is also being good natured. We generally welcome niceness in our relationships with others.  Being nice is certainly better than being its opposite: unpleasant and disagreeable.

Given the current times we live in, people are less likely to be nice to one another then in ordinary circumstances.  We are under a lot of pressure and stress with Covid-19, the upcoming election, racial injustices, and economic hardships facing families – to name a few.  This can put us on edge, we lose our tempers and we can fly off the handle.  These days a lot of us find it difficult to even try to be pleasant not even pretending to be nice, much less civil to one other. 

Kindness, on the other hand, goes well beyond a smile and a friendly hello.  No matter how stressful our times, kindness is essential to being human.  Kindness is love made visible, and we cannot live without love.   The virtue of kindness involves going the extra step, even crossing societal barriers to demonstrate that we genuinely care about the well-being of another.  Kindness is a virtue because it is offered when it is least expected, and when we have nothing to gain by it. One of the all-time best examples of kindness and ‘love made visible’ is the Good Samaritan.  The Good Samaritan will be a model for us this month.

 

Lower Elementary (Gr K-3)

KNOW

Bible story: The Good Samaritan  (Luke 10:25-37)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLzdQtetedc     

The Greatest Commandment  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3DC9pBioQY 

Who is Saint Francis of Assisi?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53EwseKjkh8 

LIVE

Do you have empathy?  What is it?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_1Rt1R4xbM   

How many acts of kindness do you see in this video? What happens at the end? What acts of kindness have you done today?  https://www.lifevestinside.com/kindness-films/#more  

2-minute Prayer of St. Francis meditation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4G2EJBd3HQ  

Kindness chain craft  https://sugarspiceandglitter.com/paper-chain-kindness/

            (or) 

Kindness bucket craft  https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/24332/learning-to-be-kind/  

GROW

Hands on a string craft to send to someone who needs a hug:  http://lovenloot.blogspot.com/2013/01/kindness-craft.html

100 Act of Kindness challenge for children:

https://coffeeandcarpool.com/100-acts-of-kindness-for-kids-challenge/

Make and hang birdseed cookies in a tree or bush in your yard:

http://lets-explore.net/blog/2009/06/birdseed-cookies/  

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Upper Elementary (Gr 4-6)

KNOW

Bible story: The Good Samaritan  (Luke 10:25-37 ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLzdQtetedc

Who is Saint Francis of Assisi?  How was he kind in his life?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53EwseKjkh8  

How do the Ten Commandments help us to be kind? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z48J3WBHluY

LIVE

How many acts of kindness do you see in this video? Why do you think the title of the video has the word boomerang in it?  https://www.lifevestinside.com/kindness-films/#more  

2 minute meditation Prayer of St. Francis:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4G2EJBd3HQ 

What is empathy? Is it important to kindness?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icIlUdTEQnU

Kindness chain craft  https://sugarspiceandglitter.com/paper-chain-kindness/

            (or) 

Kindness bucket craft  https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/24332/learning-to-be-kind/

GROW

Hands on a string craft to send to someone who needs a hug:  http://lovenloot.blogspot.com/2013/01/kindness-craft.html

100 Act of Kindness challenge for children:

https://coffeeandcarpool.com/100-acts-of-kindness-for-kids-challenge/

Make and hang birdseed cookies in a tree or bush in your yard:

http://lets-explore.net/blog/2009/06/birdseed-cookies/

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Middle School (Gr 7 & 8)

KNOW

Bible story:  The Good Samaritan   (Luke 10:25-37 )  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhR8J-sjBO4

What is empathy?  How can it help us to be kind? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFqIZP4Yb64

Who was St Francis?  How was he kind in his life? https://www.youtube.com/watch.?v=peOFGInlivc&autoplay=1&list=PL58g24NgWPIzvBk2IQVES_xC4WTm6-CDI

How does kindness fit into the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching? https://www.thereligionteacher.com/principles-catholic-social-teaching/

LIVE

St Francis prayer—original version and modern version.  Pray the modern version once a day in the morning for a week. https://www.cist.org.uk/pv/cm/cl6501.htm 

Is this song relevant in today’s world?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6glQdaQUZ1U

How would you react?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CwCvpEMEJU

GROW

Ideas to share kindness with others: https://www.projectschoolwellness.com/how-to-be-kind-100-acts-of-kindness-every-middle-schooler-can-do/

Kindness rocks craft:    https://www.treehugger.com/put-more-love-world-diy-random-acts-kindness-rocks-4861575

       (or)

Kindness postcards:  https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas/1005-send-a-postcard

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High School (Gr 9-12)

KNOW

Bible verses:  The Good Samaritan    (Luke 10:25-37 )   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUUxIVl3Fi0  

Who was St. Francis of Assisi? In what ways was he kind in his life? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peOFGInlivc&autoplay=1&list=PL58g24NgWPIzvBk2IQVES_xC4WTm6-CDI  

How is kindness a part of the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching? https://www.thereligionteacher.com/principles-catholic-social-teaching/

Empathy.  How does it help us to be kind?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ-pU7ozt3g

Short article about kindness as a virtue:  https://catholicexchange.com/virtue-of-kindness

LIVE

Modern Day Good Samaritan story   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcRWg5po05E

How does a person’s dignity matter in Catholic Social Teaching (see above)? http://vcat.org/dignity-matters/    

Is this song relevant in today’s world?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6glQdaQUZ1U

What is empathy?  How can it help us to be kind?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ-pU7ozt3g

Pray this prayer each morning for one week: https://grow.ourcatholicradio.org/st-francis-prayer?gclid=CjwKCAjw8MD7BRArEiwAGZsrBdG_vP7Ai4Abv5_prOhX5CTPuX3d97ZVjvklFcEWynvUtrnj9CwGChoC7lkQAvD_BwE

       (or)

Sing the Prayer of St. Francis each morning for one week: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9MGN1xZuHQ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agPnMxp5Occ

GROW

Share a kindness rock with someone:

https://www.treehugger.com/put-more-love-world-diy-random-acts-kindness-rocks-4861575

Simple acts of kindness to try: https://www.prodigygame.com/main-en/blog/random-acts-of-kindness/

Kindness postcards:  https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas/1005-send-a-postcard

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Adults and Parents

KNOW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUUxIVl3Fi0   Bible verses Luke 10:25-37:  The Good Samaritan  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPehw67L91w    Modern day Good Samaritan video

https://thoughtfulparent.com/nature-and-nurture-origins-of-compassion.html  RAISING COMPASSIONATE KIDS: THE ROLE OF NATURE AND NURTURE

https://youtu.be/HBW5vdhr_PA 

LIVE

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/kindness-changes-everything   Kindness Changes Everything by Steven Witmer

https://achievetmseast.com/the-power-of-kindness-during-difficult-times/  The Power of Kindness During Difficult Times by Marjorie Pierce

GROW

https://youtu.be/z6PRtEs3er4  Bringing Love & Kindness for Yourself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpmqjI3BMz0 Prayer of St Francis