“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Mt 5:44). Your “enemy” could be someone you find difficult to get along with. Pray for that person and for a way to overcome any bad feelings or animosity that you may harbor. At the very least, your heart will grow in its capacity for authentic love.
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Think back upon this last week: were you the recipient of someone’s act of kindness? Maybe someone held a door open for you, or shoveled a bit of a sidewalk for pedestrians. For my part, I was the second car in a middle turn lane and wondered why the first car was taking so long to make the left turn before me…only to discover that he was allowing another car to attempt a left turn out of the parking lot before us. Sure it took some extra time, but the kindness really mattered.
Now, as you recall that kindness, how do you feel as you let it sink in? Hopefully your gratitude then rolls over into a desire to be personally generous in sharing your own act of kindness with another or others. The Lord rewards a generous giver!
Saint Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, highlights for us the “fruit of the spirit”: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, gentleness and self-control.” (Gal. 5:22-23)
Adopt one of the fruits of the spirit and do your best to live it out hour by hour and day by day. May it become a new habit which grows within you.
LLS Man of the Year Candidate
This year, Zac Halloran (one of our daily workers at TSL held here at our parish) has been nominated Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Man of the Year. He is raising funds for LLS and would appreciate our generous support. To see his profile or to make a donation to fight leukemia and lymphoma, visit the following webpage: www.mwoy.org/pages/uny/alb15/zhalloran …good luck, Zac! Click below to read Zac’s letter of invitation:
We all have bad habits we would like to change. Lent is an ideal time to identify a vice and then just drop it. This act may have been in the mind of the apostle Paul when he wrote in his letter to the Ephesians: “Put off your old self, …and put on the new self” (Eph 4:22-23).