In this lesson we explore how meekness is a mark of morality.Preview This Lesson
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Head of a Woman
by Leonardo DaVinci (c. 1508)
More often than not, people imagine “meekness” as a form of weakness: heads bowed and cowering before those who are stronger or more aggressive. In reality, being meek requires an incredible amount of strength.
Meekness is the moral virtue that regulates our anger. Aristotle understood this idea, despite not knowing the word: “The man who is angry with the right things and with the right people, and, further, as he ought, when he ought, and as long as he ought, is praised…those who are not angry at the things they should be angry at are thought to be fools, and so are those who are not angry in the right way, at the right time, or with the right persons.” (Ethics, IV, 5)
In the simplest terms, meekness makes our anger like Goldilock’s perfect bowl of porridge: not too hot and not too cold, but just right. The primary moral marks of meekness are humility, gentleness, and wisdom.
Humility: Humility, as a virtue, is the recognition and acceptance of our personal limitations. Not every person is meant to do all things. Paul says, in his letter to the Romans, that “We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.” (12:6-8) The humble person recognizes when someone else can do a particular thing better than he or she. Humility towards God, as mentioned in the last lesson, recognizes that man can do nothing without Him.
Gentleness: Gentleness is best described as consideration for the emotional, spiritual, and physical state of others. When planning the menu for a party, the considerate person takes into account any food allergies his or her guests have, and avoids serving those foods. When a person is visibly upset, the gentle person does not mock them or make cruel jokes at their expense.
It is important to remember that being considerate is not the same as allowing others to act or believe as they want to, regardless of how true or proper it is. The gentle person, when discussing the truths of the Catholic Faith, considers how the other person thinks and feels about the Church and religion in general before making his arguments. In this way the gentle person can present the Truth in a way that the other person will understand while a... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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