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Respect – A Defining Virtue for Character Building

Respect Respect: concern for what is noble in every human being. Respect defines character building. Without respect for God and others, how could other virtuous habits spring forth? Father Romano Guardini more clearly defined this virtue as something akin to reverence, in his book, Learning the Virtues That Lead You to God. He states:

  • Every genuine virtue extends over many levels and stages because it is an attitude of a living person. Hence reverence can and should appear in everyday life, and then we can call it “respect” (p. 59).
  • Respect means that one takes another’s conviction seriously (p. 60).
  • Respect desires privacy for the other person (p. 60).
  • Respect is the guarantee that the relations of one person Continue reading