Speaking and acting according to our own and others’ rights,
status, and circumstances.
Dear Jesus, help me to show reverence to people who are in authority
over me, just as I would to You. Help me give everyone the honor they
deserve as Your unique creations and beloved sons and daughters.
St. Catherine of Alexandria
The city of Alexandria was a center of learning in the ancient world, and by the age of eighteen, Catherine was well-known for her wisdom and goodness, even though she was a Christian. The emperor wanted to convince her to give up her Christian faith. She respectfully refused. He brought several of his wisest teachers to talk her out of her faith, but Catherine answered all their objections and was able to explain Christian teachings calmly and convincingly. The emperor grew angry as Catherine was speaking and ordered her to be put to death.
- Through my words (in speech and writing), I treat others with an awareness of their dignity and am intentional in honoring it.
- Through my actions, I show others that I value and honor them.
- I express my convictions without insulting others.
Matthew 8:5-10, 13
When he entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.” … And Jesus said to the centurion, “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.” And at that very hour his servant was healed.