12 Franciscan Weeks of Peace: Week 9

November 28 – December 4

The thought for this week is Kindness. Mother Teresa said, “I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.”

Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Being kind is a choice that we must make each and every day. It can be a difficult choice especially when others are not being very kind to you. But this is where we exercise our holiness, our being “set apart” from those who choose not to follow the Gospels. We do not think we are better than; we choose to behave as Jesus in the manner of Saint Francis.

Mahatma Ghandi once said, “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” Yes, people will forget what you said. People will also forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel. Small and random acts of kindness cost nothing — except time and love.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”
[Kahlil Gabran]

Psalm Fragment:
“For his merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!”

[Ps 117:1-2]

Reflection Question:
What is one small act of kindness that you can do right now? So….go and do it!”

This week:
Practice small and random acts of kindness — for no reason: Smile at someone who you don’t know. Give a lonely stranger a hug. Buy someone a hot cup of herbal tea. Journal your experience.

Prayer for the week:
Lord, may I be a living expression of your kindness — each and every day, especially when someone is being unkind towards me. I make this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.

[Reprinted with the permission of Carolyn D. Townes OFS, National JPIC Coordinator]