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How One Act of Courtesy Changed My Life

Our Wedding DayOne act of courtesy changed my life forever on January 21, 1977 – 38 years ago today! I was working as a teller at a bank on that Friday, and my co-worker and good friend, Maureen, said that we were going out together that night to have some fun at a local nightclub. We were both single, unattached college girls, and I knew she was trying to get me back into the dating scene. I said, “You can’t meet a nice guy in a bar.” Reluctantly, I went along. When we got to the nightclub, we found our two friends, Billy and Denise, sitting in a booth and we joined them. They had just gotten engaged, so it turned into Continue reading

Embrace Courtesy with Gusto! Defy the Norm!

Embrace Courtesy Why embrace courtesy? Well, in my humble opinion, I think the people of the United States desperately needs  expressions of common courtesy to each other brought to the forefront of our routine lives! We should embrace courtesy to acknowledge dignity towards another, created in the image and likeness of God. In essence, when we express courtesy, we give the person the respect (courtesy) due to a child of God; we treat the person as we would want to be treated. Father Romano Guardini speaks of this in his book, Learning the Virtues That Lead Us to God:

“…man must be honored in relation to Him who created man in His image and who requires us to honor this Continue reading

Courtesy: A Forgotten Virtue?


Is courtesy a forgotten virtue? Has chivalry died? Are manners no longer important? If so, then it is time to dust off “Courtesy” and bring it to the forefront once again. Father Romano Guardini provides an excellent definition on the virtue of courtesy in his book, Learning the Virtues That Lead Us to God:

“Courtesy gives the other person a free space and protects him from oppressive closeness; it gives him air. It recognizes the good in others and lets them feel that it is valued. It keeps silence about one’s own qualities and keeps these in the background, lest they discourage others. Courtesy strives to keep unpleasant things at a distance or at least to bridge them. It Continue reading