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Students at Everest Academy have been focusing on developing the virtue of “Sincerity” during the month of February.  Sincerity is defined as “genuineness, honesty, and freedom from disloyalty.”

A saint who exemplified this virtue well is St. Agnes, a Roman girl who was only thirteen years old when she suffered martyrdom for her faith.  Agnes dedicated herself to God and stayed faithful to that promise to her death.  She was very beautiful and many young men wished to marry her, but she would always say, “Jesus Christ is my only Spouse.”  One of these suitors turned her in to the Governor for the “crime” of being a Christian, and she was finally beheaded.

Teachers at Everest have tried to help instill the value of Sincerity in their students by instructing them to:

  • Accept themselves and their classmates as they  are
  • To not blame others for their own mistakes
  • To never to gossip or be hypocritical of others, not speaking negatively about others and not allowing others to do so in their presence
  • To be sincere and responsible when using social media and not to look for ways to hurt another person’s reputation
  • To speak the truth and follow their conscience without being ashamed of what others might think
  • To keep their word, doing what they say they will do
  • That sincerity builds trust and is foundational in relationships
  • That God has put important people in their lives to help them become the person God wants them to be — their parents, teachers, religious and coaches
  • To be faithful to their convictions regardless of where they are
  • To admit their mistakes and try to remedy any harm caused
  • To try to see the good in others
  • Not to lie to make others to “think well” of them