Goodness is the virtue that leads us to go beyond
the usual indifference and look at others with love. It
is a virtue that leads us to give special consideration
to others’ happiness and development when we make our decisions.
help the children understand that what they do or don’t
do will have a direct impact on others’ well-being.
remind them that goodness is generous and does not expect
anything in return. We do not have to advertise our
acts of kindness, because then they lose their meaning and
• To help them discover that goodness also involves having
the strength to control their own temper, passions, and impulses
for the good of others.
• To lead them to discover
that being kind will fill them with joy, freedom, true
love, and happiness.
We cannot forget that our children learn from
our example. We ourselves must strive to see the good
in others, avoid making judgments, and be understanding of people
and their needs with patience and equanimity.
WHY DO WE
WANT TO FOSTER THE VIRTUE OF GOODNESS?
• Because we were created
to love, be loved, share, and contribute to the common
• Because we all have something good to give, and
it is our duty to develop our positive qualities so
as to share them with others.
• Because goodness leads us
to treat everyone with kindness and courtesy. No one deserves
to be mistreated.
• Because goodness and kindness are the basis
of tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
• Because anyone who is unable
to recognize the value of other people will not be
able to overcome selfishness and superficiality, and will not be
able to form stable and firm relationships.
LIVING GOODNESS MEANS:
my qualities and talents to the maximum, and using them
to respond to others’ needs.
• Speaking about others with respect,
not criticizing or telling lies about anyone. No one deserves
to be trash talked.
• Treating everyone with kindness, goodness, and
joy. No one deserves to be treated badly.
• Doing my
duties with responsibility and love, and not wasting my gifts
• Not remaining quiet or passive when I can
and should help someone who needs it.
• Following through
on what my parents, teachers, coaches, etc. ask of me.
• Valuing and taking care of others’ work and effort.
pardon on time and doing what is necessary to remedy
any occasions when I did not act with kindness.
hello to people, thanking them, saying “please” when asking for
things, saying goodbye, and treating others with courtesy.
• Treating others
as I would like to be treated.
WHAT MAKES IT HARD
TO LIVE THIS VIRTUE?
• A materialistic and utilitarian society that leads
us to grab what we want without regard for others.
• Selfishness, which prevents us from seeing the needs and rights
of others, and which makes us think only of ourselves.
• Prejudices and an inability to see others’ dignity.
• Grudges, envy,
and indifference to others’ needs.
• The lack of simplicity and
humility to recognize our own mistakes, ask forgiveness, and put
• The experience of having been taken advantage of,
and difficulties in trusting in the goodness of others.
good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree
bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own
fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or
grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out
of the good stored up in his heart, and the
evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored
up in his heart. For out of the overflow of
his heart his mouth speaks.