“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver”:- The Bible (Proverbs 25:11)
When queen Elizabeth of Hungary gave alms to the poor, she would say “It is not possible for us to open our money-purses always, but we should never close our hearts. Even if we have no money we do have a heart to take pity on the needy, eyes to see them, feet to visit them and a mouth to encourage and comfort them”.
Kindness, mercy, compassion – these are divine qualities. To be kind is to be gentle, understanding and supportive. Kind words come from a loving heart. They cost nothing but can have great effects of comfort, encouragement, peace and joy to the listener. If we desire to hear kind words, we should be happy to speak kind words.
Our Pope Francis – the leader of the Catholic church declared this year 2016 as ‘Jubilee year of mercy’. Let us consciously make an effort to think kind thoughts, have kind feelings and speak kind words. Our Heavenly Father is kind to all, even to those who do not care for him and send the sun and rain equally on the good and the bad. Let us be kind and generous to everyone, to friend and to foe, especially to the poor, the weak, the suffering and the needy.
Kind hearts are the gardens
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits,
Take care of your garden
And keep out the weeds
Fill it with sunshine __
Kind words and kind deeds.
- H. W. Longfellow
With best wishes and God’s blessings
Sr. Stella Joseph