October 19, 2011
The Virtue of Respect
by Friar Jim Van Vurst, O.F.M.
The Meaning of Respect
Sometimes words are used so often they lose their meaning. In our society, “respect” is one of those words. It seems everyone wants and demands respect. Woody Allen, in one of his movies, describes a man with these words: “This man is an utter fake, is lazy, stubborn and not worth the time of day.” Then he adds, “I say that with all due respect.”
If you look at the origin of the word “respect,” you’ll find that it comes from two Latin words, re, meaning “back” and spicere, meaning to “to look at.” Respect means that we “stand back and look at a person as he is.” The opposite of respect is “manipulate.” That comes from the Latin words “hand” and “to join or put together.” As we use the word “manipulate” in our language, it means to mold or influence a person into something he or she is not, much like molding or manipulating something out of a piece of clay.
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Source: Friar Jack’s E-spirations
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