Corapi Saga…Teaching Moment for my Son

Jun 21, 11 Corapi Saga…Teaching Moment for my Son

As a Father of three, I am keenly aware that my actions, thoughts, and words are carefully dissected by my children. If anyone has ever taught children in the classroom, in particular High School students as myself, you know exactly what I mean. They watch you like a hawk waiting for your next misstep. The same holds true within the primary classroom of the home.

When news about John Corapi hit the inevitable cyber-universe, several teaching moments came into play regarding my son and our discussions about the virtue of prudence. I have had the opportunity to openly discuss this theological virtue with him without any bias against anyone who exercises wrong judgment. However, the actions of John Corapi offers a lesson in how to respond to adversity that I felt my son needed to here.

Regardless of everything that has transpired during, after, and currently involving John Corapi’s announcement, it does not take away the need to teach our children the value of exercising prudence and fidelity, even when faced with the most difficult of challenges. The Catechism reminds us:

Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving . . . the prudent man determines and directs his conduct in accordance with his judgment. With the help of this virtue we apply moral principles to particular cases without error and overcome doubts about the good to achieve and the evil to avoid. (CCC 1806)

My position about John Corapi is neither here or there. Are his actions questionable? I would say yes. Is there more to the story that will unravel in the weeks to come from all sides, most definitely. Frankly, John Corapi the laymen can express himself as he sees fit. Whether he exercises prudential judgment is another story.  And here is where his actions are judged. Is he being prudent in offering an authentic witness of the Gospel? You be the judge. All I can do is pray for this man and exercise as much charity as I can muster.

This is a teaching moment for my son that cannot be ignored. I want him to understand the need to act justly and prudently even when others defame your good name (1 Pt 3:15-17).  Knowing is doing, it comes with an understanding of making sound, reasonable judgments that profess prudence in action. This bit of knowledge will go along way in keeping Christ at the center of everything that we do.

Perhaps one of the best illustrations of this virtue is found in St. Thomas More marvelously portrayed by Paul Scofield in the movie “A Man for All Seasons.” In this scene we see St. Thomas More prayerfuly preparing to address his accussers. A wonderful example on how to prudently handle false accusations. Enjoy!

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