2019-2020 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest Theme:
Discuss the meaning of Virtue and how you live and embody the virtue of Charity.
“Charity is the theological virtue which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1822
Biblically, virtue is understood as the conformity of life and conduct with the principles of morality, while Charity signifies the reciprocal love between God and man, one that is manifest in unselfish love and eloquently shown in the life, teachings, and death of Jesus Christ. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).
In an essay of 500-750 words, consider the meaning of virtue and think about ways in which you exemplify the virtue of Charity to glorify and reflect the nature of God. This could be at home with your families or in your communities, as you enrich the welfare of others.
Council level entries were due by November 11th. Please check back next August for the 2020 entry information.