Adult Friend Temperance
Day 18: Meekness
Let your friend go first.
“Let us strive to be kind, meek, and humble with everyone, but especially so with those whom God has destined to be our companions. Let us not be one of those who are angels in public and devils at home.” ~ St. Francis de Sales
Meekness is Strength
Meekness is not cowardice, human respect, or timidness. It does not oppose zeal, fortitude, or any other virtue; rather, it strengthens them. True meekness is part of the virtue of temperance, and it opposes the vice of anger. It is defined by Father John Hardon in this way: “The virtue that moderates anger and its disorderly effects. It is a form of temperance that controls every inordinate movement of resentment at another person’s character or behavior.”
“We must treat everyone with kindness and with those pleasing virtues which spring from a tender heart filled with Christian charity — affability, love, and humility. These virtues are a wonderful means of winning the hearts of men and of leading them to embrace even what is most repugnant to nature.”
~St. Vincent de Paul
Use the noun meekness to talk about someone’s habit of acting shy or submissive. Your own meekness might keep you from asking your boss for a raise.
If you tend to give in easily, or to quietly endure hardship, you have the quality of meekness. Meekness can mean not speaking up for yourself or deferring to other people with louder voices and stronger opinions. The word meekness has meek at its root, “gentle, benevolent, or humble.” Originally, the word meek was specifically associated with women and feminine qualities, and it comes from an Old Norse root, mjúkr, “soft or gentle.”