Virtue ConversationEvery experience of reading or media is an opportunity to have a virtue conversation with your children. You can guide your children to be “virtue spotters” who learn to notice where virtue is demonstrated in what they read and watch. Don’t work too hard to teach this skill to them. Simply model it, as you comment on what you liked about the book, but frame your comments in the vocabulary of virtue. Too often our children are conditioned to appreciate stories and art based on the quality of the style or craft. Don’t miss the opportunity to gently help them appreciate the richness of the spiritual or moral content as well. Here are five everyday virtues that are vividly portrayed in Mozart: Gift of God that you can use to inspire a virtue conversation with your children ... after you read the story.
- FAITH: Mozart said, “I always have God before my eyes.” The middle name he adopted for himself, Amadeus, is Italian ... meaning, “Lover of God.”
- DEVOTION: Mozart cared deeply for his family and friends, and for the divine presence in the Eucharist.
- INSPIRATION: Mozart generously shared his gifts. He continues to energize the hearts of all who hear his work, even today.
- JOYFULNESS: Mozart was known for his happy frame of mind, and he thanked God for the way joy permeated his life, even when times were difficult.
- SELF-DISCIPLINE: Numerous times in the story Mozart shows his willingness to work hard to create beautiful music for others to enjoy.
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Copyright 2019 Cathy Gilmore
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Cathy Gilmore is an award-winning author, educator, and founder of Virtue Works Media Ministry, which is pioneering the Virtue Literacy Project, an innovative approach to family virtue formation. Support this non-profit organization's effort to build the only online virtue-based search engine for reading, media, and entertainment, to help parents, grandparents, and teachers to protect and strengthen the souls of children and teens with the power of virtue through reading and media. Follow Cathy on Twitter @PowerofParable.