Loyalty has a lot to do with a person’s rectitude,
frankness, constancy, and fidelity to their word, to people, to
institutions, and also to their own honor. Well-placed loyalty survives
difficulties, whether they be external or internal. It weathers setbacks,
resists temptation, and does not cave in to attacks. Loyalty
engenders trust and preserves friendships.
• Teach the children to
be loyal and faithful in the small details of daily
life, since this is how they learn to be faithful
in the bigger things.
• Help the children to understand
the value of fidelity and loyalty in the midst of
a world that manipulates them and says that this virtue
• Help them to realize that someone who is
disloyal in small matters will not be loyal in bigger
• Remind them of the importance of treating others well,
just as they themselves would like to be treated.
a practical level, foster loyalty first and foremost within the
family, to their parents and siblings.
Our example as parents matters
even more than what we say. Kids learn from what
we do, so we should live the virtue of loyalty
the way we want them to live it. We should
also remember to value and emphasize this virtue, and not
just academic or athletic achievements.
Why form the virtue of loyalty?
being faithful to God, oneself, and others gives meaning to
• Because loyalty shows itself in the way we love
and value other people.
• Because it keeps us from
being dragged along by instincts, passions, and laziness.
• Because living
the virtue of loyalty helps a child learn to give
the best of himself out of love and gratitude, and
to take on his responsibilities to God, his parents, teachers,
friends, and others.
• Because those who live the virtue of
loyalty grow in spiritual and human dignity.
Living loyalty means:
• Having a
fine-tuned and firm conscience that is loyal to God and
to what is true and good above all else.
• Being attentive to the needs of others.
• Understanding that people
are not objects that I can use for my own
• Overcoming obstacles that may make it hard to be
loyal to a person, to myself, or to my commitments
• Understanding that my actions make an impact on
others, for good or for bad.
• Keeping my promises to
God, others, and myself.
What makes it hard to live this
• Selfishness and individualism, which are so prevalent in today’s world.
• A lack of self-giving.
• Being incapable of sacrificing myself for
the good of another.