“Give honor to all, love the community, fear God, honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17)
Catholics believe that the human person is created in the image and likeness of God and with an immortal soul. “The divine image is present in every [human]. It shines forth in the communion of persons, in the likeness of the unity of the divine persons among themselves” (Catholic Church, 1993, section 1702). Based on this, each person has inherent dignity and should be treated with respect.
But what does respect mean, and what does it look like? At LCSS, we are called to respect the dignity of each human person regardless of the person’s race, religion, social, economic, cultural, or personal status, and to further promote a welcoming community. We are called to respect life from conception to natural death.
Additionally, we must work cooperatively and respectfully with each other on matters of academic responsibility and discipline issues, encouraging our students and each other to accept responsibility for our actions, restore any injustice, and own the consequences of our actions.
Jesus has given us both his example in his treatment of others and the two Great Commandments: (1) “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37); and (2) “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 39). We strive to follow Jesus’ example and his commandment by showing respect to ourselves and to others in all that we do.
We are focusing this year on our nine core Gospel Values – Community, Servant Leadership, Respect, Gratitude, Humility and Understanding, Wellness, Patience and Perseverance, Diligence, and Integrity. This is the 3rd installment of a series of articles which explores these Gospel Values. This installment discusses “Respect.” (Please click on the links, above, to view the previous installments.)