Kindness as a Lifestyle

Morning Prayer:
October 24, 2016
Prayer by Fr. John Harhager, S.M., President of Marist School

This week is Kindness Week. It strikes me as a little odd that we need such a thing. I’m hoping the idea is not that kindness only takes place one week a year. Perhaps the week is to raise doubts about all the excuses I make for not being kind.

You know, like “I’m having a bad day.” I’m not too sure why if my day is not going well, I should make your day miserable. Or, we say “she started the argument” or “he insulted me first”. Or, “he cut me off during rush-hour traffic.” Or, “they are not nice to me.” And so, we return the unkind act with an equally or greater unkind act.

We could, however, do the opposite. We could simply be kind – no matter what the circumstance.

Earlier this month we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis. He gives us the perfect prayer for this week of kindness.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Mary, seat of wisdom… pray for us.

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