Monday, July 21, 2008

Penance

This is the prayer I got for my penance. Difficult. Beautiful.

Respect everyone - Christ resides in everyone. Be sensitive to others - they are your brothers and sisters.

Think well of everyone - think ill of no one. Try to find something good even in the worst of circumstances.

Always speak well of others - do not cast a slur on anyone. Repair any harm resulting from an uttered word. Do not provoke strife between people.

Speak to everyone in the language of love. Do not raise your voice. Do not swear. Do not vex others. Do not provoke tears. Reassure others. Show a kind heart.

Forgive everyone everything. Do not hold grudges. Always be the first to extend your hand as a sign of reconciliation.

Act always to your neighbor's advantage. Do good things to others, as you would like them done to you. Never give a thought to what others owe you, but always to what you owe them.

Be actively compassionate in time of suffering. Be quick to offer consolation, counsel, assistance, kindness.

Work conscientiously - others benefit from the fruits of your labor, just as you benefit from the labors of others.

Be active in your community. Be open to the poor and the sick. Share your goods. Try to see the needs of those around you.

Pray for everyone, even your enemies.

Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski

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