Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Embrace Respect? Where Do You Stand?

 

Embrace RespectEmbrace Respect? I’m more inclined to ask you why you wouldn’t embrace respect. As humans, we are created as social beings, meant to live in a community, where the basic foundation of living in a community is to give and get respect. So why do we see so much disrespect? Disrespect is something we often claim to see in others, but fail to see in ourselves.

“Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3).

We see so much disrespect in today’s society because bigotry is learned and passed on from generation to generation. Domestic violence is taught as a way to behave and, when Continue reading

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