Tag Archives: Kindness

Justice in Giving Alms

Our moral virtues come into play in our interaction with people. This is especially true of the four cardinal moral virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. These are social virtues, for they help us live in society. St. Bernardine … Continue reading

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Calumny and Detraction

Both calumny and detraction unjustly damage a person’s reputation by revealing a fault. The calumniator knows the accusation to be false, whereas the detractor believes it to be true. Here is what four Franciscan saints have to say about detraction: … Continue reading

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Piety Engenders Love of Neighbour

Father Guibert writes: “Where the love of God rules, there, too, rules the love of our neighbour: ‘By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another’ (Jn 13:35). And St. John, … Continue reading

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What Promotes Piety

In the previous post, Father Guibert enumerated some things that hinder piety. Now he recommends a course of action to promote piety. To the person with good desires, he says: “Begin by entering within yourself. Gather together your scattered powers, … Continue reading

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Suffering Kindly

Father Faber notes that the person who suffers patiently and kindly performs an act of kindness upon those who witness the suffering. Consider how “the thoughts of the dying mother are all concentrated on her new-born child.” Her kind suffering … Continue reading

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Kindness With Effort

Father Faber notes that most kind actions require no effort, but when they do require effort, we ought “to keep the effort out of view.”  He advises: “We should never repeat to others our good actions. If we do, their … Continue reading

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The Hidden Life of Kind Actions

Father Faber observes: “Spiritual persons who specially cultivate kindness are singularly exempt from delusions. Yet delusions form the most intricate and baffling part of our spiritual warfare. But the instinct of kindness is never baffled. No position ever seems new … Continue reading

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