The following is based on 1 – Introduction – The Training of a Knight – Age of Chivalry – Thomas Bulfinch, adapted surprisingly little to match the challenges of a preschool boy in modern America.
- Respect their elders
- Serve the church
- Help their friends
- Protect the weak
I added the converse, to help clarify appropriate versus inappropriate behavior.
- Disobey their elders
- Disrupt the church
- Fight their friends
- Take from the weak
In Which We Humble Ourselves Before God and Our Elders, Who Exalt Us
This week we shift our study of wisdom from the “theological virtues” (faith, hope, and love) to what might be called the “blessed virtues” from the Beatitudes. We will follow Peter Kreeft (below) in contrasting them with the Seven Deadly Sins, beginning with Humility vs. Pride:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 5:3
Pride is the first and deadliest of the deadly sins. It can be defined as “trusting our own name rather than God’s” — relying on our own character and identity as the ultimate authority.
In contrast, humility is recognizing the painful fact of our own poverty of spirit, so that we empty ourselves in order to receive our heavenly King.
Peter Kreeft: Back to Virtue
- 6. The Beatitudes Confront the Seven Deadly Sins
- 7. Poor in Spirit vs. Proud at Heart
- Dick Hockett: Foundations of Wisdom
- 8. Pride, Humility, and the Fear of the Lord
- 3.2 (Truth) Example: Proverbs about the Tongue