Love is Kind
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
The Spirit-of-Kindness is the Spirit-of-God. Those who
Love God, also Love All those, whom God
Loves; they Eagerly Look-for Ways to-Help others, to-Comfort them, and to-Make them as-Happy as-Possible.
Saint-Francis-de-Sales, who was a-Master and a-Model of-Kindness, gives us this Rule:
What you Know can be Done with Love, Do it; and what you Know cannot be Done without Harming someone,
His Suggestion-to Leave a Deed Undone, Presumes of-course, that this takes place without Offending
God, because an Offense against God
must always be-Prevented, when it is within our Power.
This Kindness must be Particularly Observed, with Regard-to the Poor,
who, because of their Poverty, are often Harshly Treated in this World.
It should be Practiced-toward the Sick and the
Infirm, who often Receive little-Help from others. Kindness must especially-Characterize our Behavior-toward
our Enemies. Hatred must be 'Overcome' by-Love,
and Persecution by-Kindness. This is the Way the Saints 'Acted', and this is why
they Won the Respect-of their most-Exasperated Enemies.
Those Placed-in Authority-over others, should Observe every Kindness toward them. When 'Telling' them
what they must-Do, they should 'Request', rather than 'Demand'. And they should be Kindhearted, even in the
Correction-of Faults. It is one-thing to Correct-with Firmness, and another-to Correct-with Harshness. It is
Occasionally necessary-to Correct-with Firmness, when the Fault is Serious, and Especially-if it is 'Repeated', after
the Offender has already been Corrected-for it. But we must be-Careful not to-Make Corrections in-Anger. Those who
Correct in-Anger, do more-Harm, than-Good.
Some Persons brag-that they keep-Order, by-means-of Severity, saying that it is
the only Successful Method. But only with-Kindness, is Authority Properly 'Exercised'.
If, on some Rare Occasion, it is necessary to-speak a Harsh Word in-order-to 'Help' Offenders 'Realize'
their Mistakes, we should always Dismiss the Persons with-Gentleness, and with a Word-of Kindness.
Wounds must be Healed, after the Fashion-of the Good Samaritan, in the Gospel, with Wine and Oil (see Luke 10:29). And
when it Appears-that the Offender is Upset, the Correction must be Postponed-until
Later. Otherwise we only make a Bad Situation, Worse.
Spirit of Jesus
When James and John wanted-to Punish the Samaritans, for 'Refusing' to 'Welcome' them, into their
Country, the Lord Reprimanded them (see Luke 9:55).
He told them to be Kind and Gentle. "I came
not to Judge the World, but to Save the World" - John 12:47. To Destroy others, was not in-keeping-with
Note, too, with what Kindness, He 'Treated' the
Adultress. "Then Jesus lifting up Himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that Accused thee? Hath no man
Condemned thee? Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I Condemn thee. Go, and now Sin no more" - John 8:10-11.
He was Content-with simply Warning her, and Sent her away, in
With what Kindness, too, He Tried-to Convert Judas, 'Allowing' him
to-Eat from the same-Dish with Him, 'Washing' his feet, and 'Correcting' him even in the Act-of his
Betrayal: "Judas, dost thou Betray the Son of Man, with a Kiss?" - Luke 22:48.
And see how He 'Acted', after Peter had 'Denied' Him.
"And the Lord Turning, looked-on Peter" - Luke 22:61. This happened as Peter was-Leaving the House-of the High Priest.
Without 'Accusing' him at all, Jesus looked-on Peter with Tenderness, and thus
Converted him. And Peter, it is said, never stopped Weeping for the Wrong he had
'Done' his Master.
How much more is to be Gained-by Kindness than by Harshness.
Saint-Vincent-de-Paul said, that in the Government-of his Congregation, he never Corrected anyone Severely, except on
Three (3) Occasions, when he felt there was Reason, to do so. But he Regretted it
Afterward, because he Found it Turned-out 'Badly', whereas he had always 'Succeeded' in the Past, by using Gentle
Kindness should be
Practiced: 'Toward' Everyone, 'On' every-Occasion, and 'At' all-Times. Saint Bernard tells
us that some People are Gentle, as-long-as things go their-Way; but when they Experience a little Opposition or
Contradiction, they are Instantly on-Fire. No-longer are they, Kindness
If we ever have to-'Answer' to-anyone, who Insults us, we should be-Careful to-'Answer' with
Gentleness. A Kind 'Answer' is enough to-'Extinguish' every Spark-of
Anger. And if we feel Irritated, it is better to-Remain Silent, because at that
Moment, it only seems Logical to-Say, 'Everything' that Comes-to Mind. But when our Anger has 'Passed', we
begin to-Realize how Mistaken we were, to-'Speak' at all.
And when we ourselves, 'Commit' some Fault, we must also 'Practice'
Kindness toward Ourselves. To be 'Annoyed'-at Ourselves, after a Fault is not
Humility, but a subtle Form-of Pride, as-if we were Anything-but the
Weak and Miserable Beings, that we are. To be Annoyed-with ourselves after 'Committing' a
Fault, is a Fault worse-than, the One Committed,
and will be the Source-of many other Faults. All this may Cause us to Abandon
Prayer entirely, or even if we do Pray, it will
be done-Badly. This less-Atrocious kind-of Pride, is that which Impels one to make Much-of Oneself Unduly
and without Sufficient Warrant, without however any Disposition to Cast-off the Dominion-of the
Creator. [A more Detailed and Comprehensive Explanation-of the Insidiousness-of Pride, is contained-in
this short-Synopsis from the Catholic Encyclopedia.]
Troubled Souls become Uncertain-about
God, and what they should do to-Regain Peace-of-Mind. Whenever we 'Commit' a
Fault, then, we should Turn-to God, with Humility and
Confidence, and say to Him:
O Lord, this has been the Fruit of my own Planting!
I Love You with all my Heart,
and I Repent of the Displeasure I have given You.
With Your Help, I will never do it again.
"O my God, make me a Saint"
Saint Alphonsus Mary Liguori
Jesus, I Love You. My Treasure, Life-of my Soul, I cling to You, and give myself completely to You.
I never want to stop Loving You. You let Yourself be-Bound like a Criminal, for my Sins, and led through the Streets-of Jerusalem.
You allowed Yourself to be Nailed-to the Cross, and Die there. Never let me be Separated-from You again.
I Regret ever having-Turned my Back on You. I Love You with my Whole Heart. I have Offended You
many-Times, but I Repent-of my Sins. Draw me entirely-to Yourself. I Renounce all Sensible Consolations. I want only You and nothing more. Make
me Love You, and then do with me as You Will.
Mary, my Hope, Bind me to Jesus; let me Live and Die, United to Him.