Everest’s virtue of the month for April is Faith. This virtue is defined as having “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.”
The saint who helps exemplify this virtue is St. Thomas Apostle, whose feast day is July 3. St. Thomas is sometimes called “Doubting Thomas” because of the story in the Gospel of John in which he questioned Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it. But after he sees Jesus in a subsequent visit from Our Lord, he gives a confession of faith, saying, “My Lord and my God,” on seeing and touching Jesus’ wounded body.
During April, Everest teachers and administrators hope to convey the meaning of this virtue by teaching students that God is always with them, even though they can’t see or hear Him; that God knows what is best for them and that “all things work for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28); that God is a real person who cares about them and is close to them, just like a friend; and that they can go to God for anything, and he is always there to listen to them and help them. Students at Everest are encouraged to exhibit their Faith by making visits to the school’s various chapels to pray.
They will also learn that every person has dignity because they are created and loved by God, with special gifts from God; that each person deserves our utmost respect; that God dwells in each person, and this is why Jesus said “whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for Me.” (Mt. 25:40)
Students will learn the value of following through with what they say they will do; to be helpful and responsible; and to treat others the way they would like to be treated.