Building Catholic Character

The posts in this section offer some reflection on the course at Holy Apostles College and Seminary called Building Catholic Character.

1. Course Description

This course is an analysis of character: how it is constituted, developed, preserved and perpetuated. What are the hallmarks of the good human being, and how can integrity and virtues (as in 2 Pt. 1:3-9) be taught and learned? The course will examine the cardinal virtues and their integration into character development; explore possible remedies advanced by “character education” and approach the relationship of the virtues with an authentic Catholic character formation from both speculative and practical perspectives. Through Scriptural readings, lectures and other literature, the course will reflect upon particular examples as they occur in various cases in the Old and New Testament, culminating in the perfect human character demonstrated in the Life of Christ.

2. Envisioned Learning Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of character, and how it relates to habit, human effort, and grace.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of why the speculative aspect of the virtues is important for their practical development in our own lives.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the four cardinal virtues and their interrelationship
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the examples of the virtuous life in the Scriptures, especially as shown forth in the life of Christ.
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