Thursday, March 17, 2011

Prayer and Service: Be extra kind

"Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some battle."  This wonderful quote was attributed to St. John Chrysostom. If you talk with even one person today and give room for listening, you will certainly hear about their battles.

Or to put it another way, as a very ancient and holy woman said to me, when I served her as a chaplain: "If you expect to go 75% of the way in any relationship, and the other person goes 75% of the way, maybe just maybe you'll each end up going 50/50."

Words to live by in the hurly-burly.

1 comment:

  1. I like it. It seems as if you are not making a concerted effort at being a good disciple, there is a chance you are missing the mark. Unlike archery, there is no absolute center to the target. The harder you work at it, the bigger the target becomes, and the easier it is to hit the next time.
    Bruce Marold
    PS: It seems impossible to post a comment on this blog if I don't have some special membership in something. Any suggestions?