September 29, 2012
Welcome to Sabbath Moments, the Saturday meme hosted by Colleen at Thoughts on Grace. Please visit her for other simple Sabbath Moments to inspire.
This week we’ve had rain off and on, and the weather is much cooler. The meteorologists on TV say we are still 10 inches behind, though. Thanks be to God, my peppers are still producing, although the fruit is much smaller than normal. It’s great to be able to chop and freeze them to use in winter dishes.
One of my favorite writers out there is Msgr. Pope from the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. This week one post struck me: Will Many Be Saved? A look at an important new book by Ralph Martin. Not only is his post really good, but Martin’s book sounds like an interesting and instructive read. Msgr. Pope always gives me many Sabbath Moments through his blog.
The Hidden Power of Kindness
This week I finally finished a really important book that many will find helpful for spiritual direction. The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time is one of those books that look simple to read, but that force you to stop and think and examine your own behavior. Here are a couple of Sabbath Moment quotes from this week:
The sinner is not always aware of his sickness. But the sinner’s wretched condition does not end peacefully with his death; it begins then in real earnest.
After confession, never fail to perform some act of charity as a sign of your good will. Each night perform a kindly deed, such as expressing a sincere desire to forgive and forget injuries or saying a prayer to God for those who may have injured you.
You will be judged and will gain merit in Heaven according to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy you perform for the love of God. In the Day of Judgment, our Lord will use the performance of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy as a name to distinguish the elect from the wicked.
The end of the book contains a lengthy examination of conscience broken down into the following categories: kind thoughts, kind words, kind deeds, closing with a prayer for kindness:
Keep us, O God, from pettiness; let us be kind in thought, in word, and in deed. Let us be done with faultfinding and leave off self-seeking. May we put away all pretense and meet each other face-to-face, without self-pity and without prejudice. May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous. Help us, O Lord, always to be kind. Amen.
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