The Saints in Training Word of the Month for January 2019 is INSPIRATION. The Saboteur of inspiration is VANITY. We are often inspired to do good works, especially by those who have set a high bar by their own example. How can inspiration help us to help ourselves and others? How does vanity get in the way? That is the subject of the first Word of the Month for 2019.
The Word of the Month for August, 2018 is Human Rights. What do you consider to be the most basic human rights? What difference does privilege make when it comes to who might enjoy those rights, versus those who may not?
The Virtue is Commitment and the Saboteur is Loyalty.
Commitment is a sacred dedication, loyalty is not always sacred.
Commitment to spirituality doesn’t require loyalty to anyone, any group or any particular way.
Commitment is voluntary and it is a sacred vow you make to yourself. This vow comes from within and then it affects those around you. Commitment comes from the deepest part of your heart. Only you know if you are truly committed or not.
Loyalty may or may not be voluntary and it may require a demonstration of your loyalty, or you may be required to make a payment. We may be loyal merely because we want to belong to something, or just to fit in. Loyalty is a bit more flexible in its identity. We may aspire to be loyal, but there is a part of us that is merely saying yes until further notice.
Loyalty can be bought, but commitment is earned.
Loyalty comes from an old french word that is similar to legal. It is a pledge or fealty to a leader. Loyalties can be rewarded and disloyalty can bring about punitive measures. Commitment is its own reward.
Loyalties can be bought and sold, they can be demanded or coerced. Loyalty can be a good thing, a tainted thing or it can just be living a lie. We can be loyal to a company, a person or a group of persons with a particular ideology, but that does not mean we are committed to their values. Loyalty can be given in hopes of receiving something in return. That is more of a type of bargaining, but we tend to call it loyalty. Read more
The Virtue is Compassion and the Saboteur is Punitive.
Compassion teaches us that pain is pain, regardless of the circumstances.
Generally speaking, when we are children, our parents teach us to be kind and polite. We are taught how to speak respectfully, how to treat animals with kindness and how to treat the elderly with compassion. We learn to share with our siblings and friends, and we learn how to share household duties, like doing the dishes and picking up after ourselves.
When we become adults and live away from home, we exercise our adult rights to speak disrespectfully to one another, to forget to be patient with the elderly, and to refuse to share household duties or even to share our money. We have the right to be cynical, impolite and even down right disrespectful. We can choose not to be kind or patient with one another.