Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD)

The Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) is a holy habit program that we have adopted not only as our anti-bullying program, but as a new way to approach each day here at Prince of Peace Catholic School. We begin each day with the following words: "Today I ask you to live a life of virtues so that these Holy Habits will lead you to make good choices throughout the day."

We ask ourselves each day:
• What virtue am I operating from?
• Could others see the virtue in me?
• Have I genuinely complimented someone today?
• Did the compliment mention a virtue?
• How can I do better tomorrow?

The Guiding Principles of VBRD are:
• We will commit to living virtue
• We will support others in living virtue
• We will commit to constructive thoughts, words, and deeds
• When we face conflict we will further cultivate virtue as part of the solution

Two Primary Outcomes are:
• Increase Faith Practices
   • Virtue Education
   • Prayer
   • Activities at home and at school
• Decrease anti-social behaviors
   • Quality relationships are highest priority
   • High accountability and high responsibility for repairing harm

Virtues are holy habits for human excellence that direct our path
toward heaven. *The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.
*Catechism of the Catholic Church

Each month we highlight one virtue for self reflection. Here are the virtues we are working on.
• Kindness
  • Friendly, helpful and well-meaning
• Love
  • A deep, tender feeling of affection toward a person
• Patience
  • The ability to endure delay, trouble, pain or hardship
• Compassion
  • Sympathetic awareness of others' distress, along with a desire to help alleviate it
• Courage
  • A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without fear
• Forbearance
  • Restraint under provocation; good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
• Faith
  • Complete confidence in a person, plan or set of beliefs
• Hope
  • The general feeling that a desire will be fulfilled
• Charity
  • Generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; aid given to those in need
• Forgiveness
  • To cease to feel angry or bitter towards a person, or about an offense
• Gentleness
  • Moderate and mild behavior; NOT rough or severe behavior
• Humility
  • A disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
• Thankfulness
  • Warm, friendly feeling of gratitude
• Unity
  • Freedom from division; oneness
• Fortitude
  • Strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
• Justice
  • Fair, impartial, giving a deserved response
• Prudence
  • Wise or careful in conduct. Shrewd or thrifty in planning ahead
• Temperance
  • Moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression

Our Virtue Prayer
Dear Lord,
We are chose ones, holy and beloved. Help us to grow in heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, so we may bear with one another and be forgiving.
If we have a grievance against another, may we be as forgiving as you have been with us. And over all these virtues may we put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. Let your perfect peace control our heart, the peace that calls us into one body. We are thankful, in your holy name. AMEN

For more resources on VBRD please click on the links below.
VBRD Intro for parents
VBRD Tips for parents
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