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THE VALUE OF LOVE OF GOD AND NEIGHBOR

(FCL 1 FOR COLLEGE: MIDTERM PERIOD)

Objectives: At the end of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of core values as
perpetualite.
2. Analyze the importance and the fundamental principle of core values.
3. Discover and deepen their identity as perpetualite showing the ideal
example of loving our neighbour.

Biblical Foundation

One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that
He had answered them well, asked Him, "What commandment is the foremost
of all?" Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God
is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with
all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' "The second is
this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other
commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:28-31)

(The Parable of a good Samaritan)

Spiritual Message
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Golden Rule
(Mt.7:12)
Content
Who is my neighbour?

In our Lord’s teachings, our relationship with our fellow men, women
and children is inseparable from our relationship with God. Love of God and
love of our neighbors are two aspects of the same calling:

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so
you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my
disciples, if you love one another."(John 13:34-35)

In Jesus time, the Jews and Samaritans had been enemies for hundreds
of years. The Jews of Jesus' society considered the Samaritans to be
ceremonially unclean, socially outcast, religious heretics (Mays, p. 1029). Yet,
the Samaritan took pity on the poor man who had been robbed and beaten.
He gave freely of both his time and his money to help this Jewish man who
was not only a stranger, but also an enemy from a foreign country. In His
parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus challenges us to "Go and do the
same."

To reinforce that "love your neighbor" applies to everyone, Jesus


extended the rule of love to even our enemies!

Different Ways in loving our neighbour:

"There is a saying, 'Love your friends and hate your enemies.' But I
say: Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way you
will be acting as true sons of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight
to both the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust too.
If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even scoundrels do
that much. If you are friendly only to your friends, how are you different from
anyone else? Even the heathen do that. But you are to be perfect, even as
your Father in heaven is perfect. (TLB, Matthew 5:43-48)

Like the unselfish Samaritan man of Jesus' parable, we are called to


extend our love and concern to all persons everywhere, as our neighbors. We
should not exclude anyone or any group because of social status, a supposed
character fault, religious difference, racial difference, ethnic difference,
citizenship difference, etc.

Related verses: Matthew 22:34-39, Luke 6:27-38

Characteristics of Love of neighbour:

1. Forgiveness. Jesus reminds us that we are God’s children. Being the


children of God, if our brothers and sisters committed something
wrong against us, He is calling us to forgive them as He forgives us.
For if “you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly
Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins,
your Father will not forgive your sins.” (TNIV, Matthew 6:14-15).

Consequences of Unforgiving heart:

Anger can consume us with hatred and block out the love of God.
Whether between parent and child, spouses, friends, or nations,
expressions of anger divide us and drive us toward open hostility.
More often than not, our angry feelings are based on a
misinterpretation of what someone said or did. A grudge clouds our
judgment and may lead us to an act of revenge that can never be
undone.

Old Testament Law:

The Old Testament law specified equal revenge for equal wrong: "an
eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" (Exodus 21:23-25, Leviticus 24:19-
20.) But this rule was too harsh for the new age of the kingdom of God.
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said the right thing to do is to take
no revenge at all.

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a
tooth.' "But I say to you, do not resist him who is evil; but whoever
slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. (NAS,
Matthew 5:38-39)

The Positive effect of Forgiveness:

The need to forgive is not some ideal that we cannot hope to attain.
Forgiveness is necessary to free us from the dark cloud of anger
and resentment that can literally destroy our own lives. We cannot
afford to wait for the other person to repent and apologize. Unless we
let go of our anger and the desire to punish or get even, the love of
God cannot enter our lives.

2. Help the needy

We are not meant to live hard-hearted or self-centred lives. We are called


to put our faith into practice and truly love our neighbours, especially those
less fortunate.

2.1. Sharing of our talents. God has given each of us unique talents
and gifts to use in His service. His work for us on earth is to use our gifts
and talents in the service of others! Each of us has something to offer
to someone in need. Like for example:

a. We can give our money and our time to charity.


b. be a friend to someone who is sick or lonely.
c. do volunteer work, or be a peacemaker.
d. We may give unselfishly of our time to our spouse, children or
parents.
e. We may choose a service-oriented occupation; or
f. we may just do our everyday jobs with integrity and respect for
others.

It would seem that the more we give to others, the poorer we become, but
just the opposite is true! Service to others brings meaning and fulfilment to our
lives in a way that wealth, power, possessions and self-centred pursuits can
never match. As Jesus said,

For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and
overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more,
and running over. Whatever measure you use to give- large or small- will be
used to measure what is given back to you." (Luke 6:38)

2.1. It’s not how much we give

Does this mean we can't satisfy Jesus' command unless we have


abundant wealth to give, or extraordinary talents to serve other? No! It is not
how much we give, but the spirit in which we give that counts with God. Each
of us is called to give generously of what wealth and talents we have been
given - whether it is a little or a lot. Jesus compared a poor widow, who gave
only a little, to the wealthy men who gave much more. The wealthy men had
only given a token amount from their great wealth. In God's eyes, the widow
gave much more because she gave from the heart:

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and
watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich
people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very
small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to
him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the
treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of
her poverty, put in everything- all she had to live on." (Mark 12:41-44)

a. Every one of us has something to give.


b. It could be our wealth.
c. Others could be their talents.
d. Some could be their time.

Whatever gifts we have been given - large or small - we should share


generously. When we do, we make the world better for someone else and find
true meaning and satisfaction in our own lives.

3. Follow the Golden Rule

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for


this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

3.1 The Golden Rule, spoken by Jesus, is possibly the best-known


quote from the Bible, and sums up Jesus' ethical teachings in one short
sentence. If we wish to be loved, we must give love. If we wish to be
respected, we must respect all persons - even those we dislike. If we wish to
be forgiven, we must also forgive. If we wish others to speak kindly of us, we
must speak kindly of them and avoid gossip. If we want strong marriages, we
must be loyal and faithful to our spouses. If we wish to be fulfilled in our lives,
we must share generously with others. If we wish to reap the rewards of our
Heavenly Father's love, we must truly love all His people.

If we do not wish to be judged harshly, then we must not judge others


harshly. Often we are tempted to call someone else a "sinner" or to think of
ourselves as holier. However, we are called to correct the faults within
ourselves, not to criticize or condemn others:

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge
others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured
to you. "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and
pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your
brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a
plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's
eye. (Matthew 7:1-5)

Jesus' comical story tells of a man trying to remove a speck of sawdust (a


minor fault) from his friend's eye while he is blinded by a huge plank (a major
fault) in his own eye. Jesus says that as long as we have our own faults and
sinfulness (which we always will), we do not have the right to criticize others.

The golden rule - treat others as you would want to be treated - is the
standard Jesus set for dealing with other people.

Conclusion

What matters to God is our love for Him and our love for each other.
Wealth, power and status count for nothing in the kingdom of God. When we
truly love our neighbours, we do our part to make the world a better place,
and we find our own fulfilment in life.

Activities:
1. Write down the ways to show love for God and others this past week.
Thank God for your efforts and give him the credit. Then, plan your activities
for this week. Pray for wisdom making out your list. And pray for patience
when those opportunities for love surprise you.
THE VALUE OF GOOD GOVERNANCE

Biblical Foundation:

“You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So
then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness, and patience” (Colossians 3: 12).

Discussion:

This is a reflection taken from Professor Ho Peng Kee (2009). Good


governance is the hallmark of any good government. All Christians across the
world should pray for good governance in their own countries.

1. Basis of good governance

1.1. Strong security

Starting from scratch, the early kings of Judah such as Jehoshaphat


(17:13) laid the foundations for a strong nation. Mindful of the recent past due
to separation and an unfriendly neighbour in the north, they built up strong
armies, fortified the cities, secured the borders and did what were necessary
to ensure that the land could be properly farmed so that the people’s material
needs could be met. In addition, they maintained law and order internally to
strengthen the people’s resilience. But the early years were testy ones,
especially in relation to Judah’s relations with its brothers in Israel in the north.

1.2 Adopting an astute foreign policy

The lesson on good governance here is that whilst no country can afford
to live in isolation and should make as many friends as possible, still when
making alliances with other countries, it is best to take a principled position
where we do not compromise key national values. If we cannot do so, it is
better not to enter into an alliance or treaty or ratify a convention, or if it is in
our overall national interests to do so, do it setting out appropriate
reservations (Ho Peng Kee, 2009).

1.3 Looking after people’s welfare

Beyond a strong defence and secure borders, internal stability, and


alliances with other countries, the early kings also worked to ensure the
people’s basic welfare. The lands were irrigated to ensure a steady food
supply, annual surpluses were built up and a nation-wide religious education
programme was instituted under which religious teachers were sent to all the
important cities to teach the people on the Law of Moses. Thus, the Mosaic
Law was promulgated. Good governance here is ensuring enough food to eat,
building up national reserves and promoting mass education for all. (Ho Peng
Kee, 2009)

1.4. Observing the rule of law

The application of these exhortations in the context of a secular state is


clear - that good governance is seriously impeded if there is no rule of law,
and there is a need for a competent and independent judiciary, whose judges
dispense justice without fear or favour.

2. How to show love of Country?

a. Director Maria V. Montelibano

Love of country is an invitation to all citizens. Everyone, therefore, must


be capable of it, of showing it and doing it. I take it to mean that my time,
talent and treasure are used not only for myself and my family, but to
contribute to my country as well. In my case, I had served several years in
public service with my experience and knowledge in broadcast media. Most
exciting, too, is my learning from and working with millennials — and offering
new ways to approach a brighter future to decision makers in the Philippines.

b. Marco Lobregat, Synergy Media Specialist


Be conscious of your environment and help lift everyone around you up
when you can. Love your home, love your people, and celebrate the culture
that bonds you together as a nation.

c. Pope John Paul II, Patriotism and unity


“Love of our country unites us and must unite us above all
divergences. It has nothing in common with a narrow nationalism or
chauvinism, but springs from the law of the human heart. It is a
measure of man’s nobility: a measure that has been put to the test
many times during our difficult history.” (Letter to the people of
Poland, 23 October, 1978)
d. Director Joey Javier Reyes
You do not need to be in government wielding power or belong to a
platform foisting influence to give something back to your country: you only
have to do the best with what you can do with the greatest proficiency and
dedication. The collective effort of people performing their duties as
committed citizens, focused on a national vision for the greater good and not
individual vested interests, will certainly yield a far brighter future for the
nation.

In my case, it is through education, not only in the classroom but hopefully


through what I say in my writing and films. I do my best to challenge the next
generation to be far better than what we have done in the past. With proper
learning and wisdom, the educator — more than the politician — can help
shape the minds of future leaders and thus the generations to follow.

e.Tina Legarda, chef/owner of Bamba Bistro 


By making sure we never forget our roots no matter where we go. The place
where one grows up always plays an important role in finding yourself and
showing the rest of the world what it is to be a Filipino. 

f. Mary Ann “Baby” M. Montemayor, hotelier & MSME Mindanao private


sector representative 
I have made my love for our country a “lifestyle,” manifested through the
clothes I wear (KAAYO Modern Mindanao), the Filipino-themed restaurants
we ventured into (HABI at KAPE; Mangkok), the Philippine-made products I
patronize, and the advocacies I support (Davao Ecocrafts; Go Negosyo).
Ultimately, what counts most is for us to pray fervently for our country, and
speak positively about it at all times.

j. Rachel Felicia, entrepreneur/fashion stylist


I think the number one way of showing love for one’s country is by recognizing
the difference between loyalty to national thought and blind nationalism. The
former allows us to identify the problems and correct them, while the latter
makes us believe there are no problems at all. One should always endeavor
to better oneself and, by extension, better one’s country.

h. Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle


“Our devotion to our country is not only a godly and holy act. Love of country
and nationalism, these things do not counter our love for God, church, and
faith. He added, “Expressing love to one’s country can be achieved through
fair institutional governance, which springs from a culture characterized by
competence, professionalism, and patriotism.”

Source:

http://media.philstar.com/images/the-philippine-star/lifestyle/sunday-
life/20170820/Love-for-Country-5G.jp
http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=2412 (Manila, October 8, 2013)
Reflections on Good Governance by Assoc Professor Ho Peng Kee 2009

Activities: (Rubrics)
1. As Perpetualite student, how did you manifest your love of country in
terms of participation in National Events? Ex: (Rizal day; Edsa Revolution;
Etc.)
2. What is good governance? What is the Basis of good governance?
3. What can you say about the current Administration in terms of good
governance?

THE VALUE OF EXCELLENCE

Biblical Foundation

“But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all


earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace
also.” 2 Corinthians 8:7

Spiritual Message

“One will observe that all things are arranged according to their
degrees of beauty and excellence, and that the nearer they are to God, the
more beautiful and better they are.” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa
Theologiae)

Content

All Perpetualites are called by God to be perfect in words and actions.


They are expected to develop their hearts and minds holistically. One core
value of being a true Perpetualite is Academic and Professional excellence.
Perpetualites are trained to excel academically and professionally. Academic
and professional excellence should be translated in their everyday lives
through their good words and actions. Thus, Perpetualites value academic
and professional excellence, which they should portray them inside and
outside the school.

Excellence is defined as “the quality of being outstanding or extremely


good.” The word excellence pertains to perform our best in everything. God
expects the best on us. Perpetualites must showcase extremely their
intelligence and skills. God gives us talents and potentials to achieve
excellence in our life. As Perpetualites, God gives humans time, treasure, and
talent to grow and develop their academic and professional excellence.
Knowledge and skills are best used when they are driven by vision,
values and character. It is understandable that tools alone are not capable of
producing outcomes, they must be used properly. Vision, Values, and
Character determine how abilities, knowledge, skills, and technologies are to
be used to the optimum.

Academic excellence is developing your skills and expertise for your


self, for others, and for God. In your respective profession someday, God
tasks you to use your academic excellence to help others especially the
needy and poor in the society. It is your duty to put into action your mission as
Perpetualite which is a helper of God.

The challenge is that do not waste your time in useless matters. Give
your best in your academic studies. You are a Perpetualite who is an
intelligent individual. Consequently, you will be an asset in the society, not
liability. You will contribute to solve the problems of our country. By
developing your academic excellence, you are the hope of the society.

On the other hand, the Perpetualite as excellent professional exhibits


an intrinsic knowledge of the difference between right and wrong, shows the
courage to act upon that knowledge, and embodies the following ethical
characteristics:
1. Respect for God, self, others, and the environment
2. Empathy
3. Integrity
4. Service for others
5. Commitment

As one of the core values of being a Perpetualite, all of us are


challenged by God through our school to live a life characterized by academic
and professional excellence. Hence, Perpetualite is marked by outstanding
trait of being intelligent academically and professionally. Perpetualites are
helpers of God marked with love, compassion, and excellence.

Activity 1

1. How can you achieve academic and professional excellence?

Assignment

1. Research the Life of St. Thomas of Aquinas, Patron Saint of All


Students.
THE VALUE OF CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

Scriptural Foundations

The call of God in the past is associated with the concept of leadership.
Patriarchs, Kings and Prophets exemplified their leadership through
unwavering obedience to the call of God. They have transmitted the message
to God’s people to guide and encourage them. They also warn them of
impending disasters.
Jesus leadership is based on servanthood. He taught his disciples that
leadership is “serving” rather than “ruling” (Mk 10:45). On one side, Jesus’
teaching would resound the importance of servanthood. On the other side, it
would highlight the role of a leader.
Leadership among the Early Christians is visible through community
consultations and through their obedience to God. St. Irenaeus, for example
exhorted the early Christians to obey the presbyters, the Bishops and those
who are in authority (Aquilina, 2002).

The Community of Disciples

The University of Perpetual Help System as a community of disciples is


challenged to emulate the leadership set forth by Jesus who came to serve,
rather than to be served. Its program is propelled by the formation of a true
leader who serves rather than rules.
The reorientation of leadership would bear more fruit through an
intensive formation of emotion, a guided accompaniment with the students
and a better appreciation of Jesus’ teaching on true service.

Towards a True Leadership

The present society, wounded in many forms, continues its need for
leaders who are truly selfless and sincerely dedicated to take on the challenge
of being life-giving servants. The University’s identity is challenged to form
leaders who are equipped with compassion, armed with humility and
strengthened by faith.
Compassion, humility and faith constitute the essential values of
Servant Leadership. As leaders, striking the balance between stiffness and
lawlessness should be clearly established. Perpetualite leadership formation
also focuses on the importance of humility and the mark of faith.
Serving And not Ruling

The Perpetualite Student Formation focuses on leadership skills which


develop the Total Human Person, his interpersonal skills and his faith
formation. As such, leadership plays an important role in his relationship with
self and others. Like that of Jesus, every Perpetualite is inspired to serve,
rather than rule, to inspire than to discourage and to build rather than destroy.

Activities
1. Divide the Class into two; Ask them to elect their leaders.
After the election, ask the leaders to make a victory speech.
Does the victory speech contain traces of service or thread of ruling

2. Ask every student to make a caricature of a Servant Leader.


The caricature should contain the characteristics of a true leader.
Discover the characteristics.

Christ and His Church

Objectives: at the end of lesson, the students will be able to:


Identify the value of Catholic Doctrine;
Discover the beauty of Catholic Doctrine through Christ ways and
Church’s mission;
Integrate its in-depth impact to one’s life as student;

Introduction
The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is
the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the
feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever
our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is
no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer
heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good
fades. This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end
up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled
life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source
in the heart of the risen Christ (Evangelii Gaudium).
Given the situation now, there is the necessity to re-articulate the “Value of
Catholic Doctrine” in the Post-Modern Era. Hence, through revisiting, one can
give answers to the malaise in the Post-Modern Era.
Content
1. Christ
as True God and True Man.
The unique and altogether singular event of the Incarnation of the Son of God
does not mean that Jesus Christ is part God and part man, nor does it imply
that he is the result of a confused mixture of the divine and the human. He
became truly man while remaining truly God. Jesus Christ is true God and
true man (CCC, par.3.art.464) (See: Jn:3:16; Mt: 11:29; Mk: 9:7).

2. Catholi
c Church and her doctrine: the source of light against Consumerism,
desolation and anguish, frivolous pleasures and blunted conscience.
Pope Francis once articulated, “The encounter with the living Jesus, in the
great family that is the church, fills the heart with joy, because it fills it with true
life, a profound goodness that does not pass away or decay. But this
experience must face the daily vanity, the poison of emptiness that insinuates
itself into our society based on profit and having (things), that deludes young
people with consumerism. Young people are particularly sensitive to the
emptiness of meaning and values that surrounds them. And they,
unfortunately, pay the consequences. True wealth is the love of God, shared
with one's brothers, that love that comes from God and makes us share
among ourselves, and makes us help one another. He who experiences this
does not fear death, and receives peace of heart “ (NCR, August 5,2013).
Goodness always tends to spread. Every authentic experience of truth
and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who
has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs
of others. As it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead
a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their
good. In this regard, several sayings of Saint Paul will not surprise us: “The
love of Christ urges us on” (2 Cor 5:14); “Woe to me if I do not proclaim the
Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16)((Evangelii Gaudium).
3. The
Image of the church as ‘ Mother’

A Church which “goes forth” is a Church whose doors are open. Going out
to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out
aimlessly into the world. Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our
eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing
to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way. At
times we have to be like the father of the prodigal son, who always keeps his
door open so that when the son returns, he can readily pass through it. The
Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open.
One concrete sign of such openness is that our church doors should always
be open, so that if someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for
God, he or she will not find a closed door. There are other doors that should
not be closed either. Everyone can share in some way in the life of the
Church; everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors of the
sacraments be closed for simply any reason. This is especially true of the
sacrament which is itself “the door”: baptism. The Eucharist, although it is the
fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful
medicine and nourishment for the weak. These convictions have pastoral
consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness.
Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the
Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place
for everyone, with all their problems (Evangelii Gaudium).

Summary:

When a society faces different problems at present, what matters is to


appreciate the catholic doctrine. For one, Catholic Doctrine will give a sensible
solution to the complexity of the problem. Second, this will bring back to the
ultimate model of living to the will of the Father- the life of Jesus of Nazareth
(True God and True Man). Yet, one can only appreciate the catholic doctrine
by looking back where this doctrine is entrusted by Christ –the Catholic
Church. The church continues to live out the invitation of Christ to read the
signs of the times by living out its doctrine.

Assessment

1. Divide
the students into five. Ask them to revisit the different catholic doctrines that
will give light to the problems now in society. Ask every group to present at
least 3 doctrines and its corresponding issues.

2. Assign
the students by pair. Ask them to write in a bond paper -their basic knowledge
about the famous doctrine of the Catholic Church. Instruct them to explain the
rationale in choosing such doctrine.
THE OBSERANCE OF GOOD MANNERS

Biblical Foundation
“The spirit of Wisdom is intelligent and holy. It is of one nature but
reveals itself in many ways. It is not made of any material substance, and it
moves about freely. It is clear, clean and confident; it cannot be harmed. It
loves what is good.” (Wisdom 7: 22)
Lecture
A good manner is a literal interpretation for right conduct when
talking of socializations. Common in our generation is the tendency to set
aside the importance of good manners especially in the birth of
liberalizations and democracy. This is a question of freedom while
imposing something that limits the individual choices, movements, mode of
thinking, and in dealing with other people.
This topic will concentrate on good manners of every Perpetualite in
the context of educational setting towards the University.
What is a good manner? A good manner is the right behavior,
attitudes, and responses when dealing with certain situation, people and
places. The parents are the first teachers for this subject but seldom being
realized because everyone thought of formal education in schools as the
best education. Looking at our present generation, many seems to have
forgotten the value of good manners even in some restricted places.
Both public and private places, this seems already forgotten especially in
our present generation.
As perpetualite, how to practice good manners in your respective
campuses? The following are tips to show good manners in your campus.
1. Stand up if a teacher comes into your room.
2. Do not walk in and start talking if two professional people are
discussing something. Do not walk in announcing what happened to you
without caring to see if the other people are already talking. Always walk in
quietly at work.
3. Do not talk across or over the head of a person who is doing mental
work or is studying or reading.
4. If someone is reading, do not talk loudly or start talking about your
personal life.
5. Do not chew gum while working or if you are at an appointment.
6. If someone asks you for help, do not criticize them, insinuating that
they are stupid or slow or cannot remember what they were shown before.
Tell them how to do the problem without any comments. Repeat if
necessary the same way.
7. Do not ask, “who is this?” on the phone. Say “who is calling or
whom am I speaking to?”
8. Do not ask, “what do you want” Say “what can I do for you?”
9. Say, “please” before a request. Say “thank you” after a service done.
10. Do not hold a formal conversation on phone while eating.
11. Do not answer a phone /’cellphone’ while you are in the middle
of an appointment. Shut it off before you go in. Do not answer it if you are
with a customer; or you are the customer and have reached the cashier;
or if you are in the middle of a small store where you are interrupting
everyone; or if you are talking to a doctor, a policeman, lawyer or any
professional person.
12. Do not make your conversations loud with someone
especially when you are in public vehicles and public places.
13. Do not throw your trash in both private and public places. If
trash can in not available, put it inside your pocket or bag.
14. Take good care of the university facilities. Clean as you go
especially in the comfort rooms, canteen, and inside the classrooms.
15. Take good care of the university arm chairs. Do not write any
form of vandalism.

Source: Kukreja, Meena. (2007). Life Skills: What Your Schools forgot to
Teach You. Bandra, Mumbai: St. Paul Press.