“Virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1803
One of the many aspects of homemaking is that it is a career that fosters virtue. Homemakers are given countless opportunities to practice virtue in their daily lives. We continually have “to give the best” of ourselves to our homes, families, and those around us.
By practicing virtues, we not only help ourselves, but we set an example for our families. Our children are great little observers and watch us even when we don’t think that they are. Our example is the best form of teaching. It is, at times, more effective than our words. It is part of our vocation to show those placed in our care, the way towards growing in holiness. Pope Pius the XII once said that,
“The danger caused by the movies in under- mining the faith of our young people is less grave than that which could stem from possible defects and failings of their educators. What a powerful reminder of your responsibilities!”
We have been entrusted with our children. It is our vocation to bring them into Paradise. It is our God-given duty. The outcome of our children will be something that we will answer for on our judgement day. We must show them the way to Heaven and how to carry out God’s will.
However, living virtuously is not just to set an example. It is for our own benefit too. We are called to attain sainthood. Even though this might seem impossible at times, living out the virtues can help us fulfill our vocation. They help us perform good deeds, live joyfully, and have a peacful home.
The next series of articles will be on some of the “Homemaking Virtues”. These virtues will be broken down and ways in which to practice them will be given. Hopefully, they will help us perform our vocation more fully and most importantly, grow in our daily attainment of holiness.