St. Louis School will be hosting open houses for prospective families on Sunday, Nov. 12, 10am-1pm and Tuesday, Nov. 14, 9am-noon. Application packets will be available online November 1st and will be accepted beginning November 12th.
November Virtue: Courtesy Being thoughtful of others
The word courtesy refers to the medieval royal court. The court was a group of people made up of knights, ladies, and gentlemen. Back then, those terms were official titles indicating ownership of wealth and lands. It was understood that the rich were well educated and knew enough manners to be at ease with royalty.
So...courtesy is outdated, right? Wrong. Courtesy flows from charity. The medieval royal court was a Christian society; they studied Christ's commands to love God above all and one's neighbor as oneself. The society we live in today tries more and more to remove Christianity from common life, so many people today don't see a problem with being rude or neglecting to protect and care for the most vulnerable members of society.
When we practice courtesy, we honor and defer to others out of respect for the dignity of every person as a child of God. We honor God's laws and the boundaries that protect moral behavior between men and women. Good manners without kindness of heart is not courtesy. Courtesy means being thoughtful of others, because Jesus told us that whatever we do to them we do to Him. Courtesy is also a humble recognition that none of us are self-sufficient. We depend on others, and so we offer small tokens of respect to say thank you. It is only fair that we should take care of things and places we share with others because we expect them to do the same out of consideration for us.
Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, Nashville, TN