Virtue of the Week: Kindness

Friends,

The common theme of Mother Teresa’s words reflect her work with the lonely, the sick, the dying and the destitute. Her unending love came through in her work and in her words. Here is a short collection of her words on kindness:

  • Every time you smile at someone, it is an act of kindness, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
  • Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents, parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.
  • It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. We must bring kindness into our own home, school, and place of work for this is where our love for each other must start.
  • Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
  • Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.
  • Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
  • In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.

THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD GO I ( lyrics to song by Paul Overstreet)

There’s a man on a corner with a cardboard sign that reads; I will work for food. A woman stands beside him with hungry eyes that plead; Our children are hungry too. Some may say I’m foolish for giving to their cause; I’ve become a believer that heaven’s helped us all.

Oh there but for the grace of God go I. How without compassion can we pass them by? Oh it could be you it could be me the world has cast aside; There but for the grace of God go I.

When I think about my home late in the evening time; How we’ve been blessed with much more than we need. Keep a warm fire burning when it’s cold outside. We don’t have to worry that we might freeze. How can I go to bed at night and sleep so gracefully; If I haven’t given something for the least of these?

Oh there but for the grace of God go I. How without compassion can we pass them by? Oh it could be you and it could be me the world has locked outside; There but for the grace of God go I.

Oh the time has come for everyone to learn to help another. We could turn this whole wide world around if we only loved each other.

Oh there but for the grace of God go I. How without compassion can we pass them by? Oh it could be you and it could be me the world has locked outside.

There but for the grace of God go I.