Why should we embrace courtesy? How can we navigate through such an unkind world and survive? Might expressions of courtesy be the answer?
We embrace courtesy to acknowledge dignity towards another, created in the image and likeness of God. In essence, 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 image” (p.142).
Yet, how often do we actually embrace courtesy? Read more…