Ave Maria Meditations
Kindness is constantly wins stray souls back to God by opening hearts that seemed obstinately closed. Fr. Faber has noted that kindness has converted more sinners than either zeal, eloquence, or learning and these three have never converted anyone, unless they were kind also.
By kindness, you encourage others and their efforts after good. All of us need encouragement and most of us must have praise. Kindness encompasses all the virtues of praise without its vices. Kindness is the most graceful attitude you can assume toward another… A kind deed, a kind word, or the tone of voice is enough to convey sympathy to the poor suffering heart and in one instant all is right again.
The least kind action is greater than the greatest wrong. It reaches far and travels swiftly. And a kind action can last a long time. No kind action ever stops with itself . One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. As you become kinder yourself by practicing kindness, so the people you are kind to learn to be kinder, or if they were not kind before they learn to be kind. There is no better thing you can do for others than to be kind to them. Your kindness, after the grace of God is the greatest gift they can receive. Kindness drives gloom and darkness from souls and puts hope in the fainting hearts. It is sweetens sorrow and lessons pain. Kindness purifies, glorifies and ennobles all that it touches.
(Little rules of kindness): Don’t speak unkindly of anyone. Don’t speak unkindly to anyone. And don’t act unkind toward anyone. But do speak kindly of someone at least once a day. Do think kindly about someone at least once a day. And act kindly toward someone at least once a day… Each kind action that you do work helps to restore the balance between right and wrong.
+Fr. Lawrence Lovasik