Posted by: livingscripture | November 6, 2015

31st Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 

“I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another.”     

(Romans 15: 14)

How should we live this WordSt. Paul

 In this passage, St. Paul almost seems to be asking pardon of the Romans for having expressed some demands of Christianity that may have sounded like impositions.  Thus, he bolsters the self-esteem of his listeners, affirming their capacity for goodness and for fraternal correction.  It seems that Paul understands psychology and well knows that trust creates possibilities.  In fact, it is not only children who become better when they feel praised or valued.  We adults also, if someone shows trust in our abilities, give a hundred percent of ourselves.  This Word invites us to believe in the good will of those who are near us and to trust them as the Lord trusts us at every moment.

In my pause for silent contemplation, will examine myself to see how much trust I give to others and how much I praise what is praiseworthy.  I will ask Jesus to help me be generous in this regard.

Jesus, open my eyes and heart to the goodness and positive in others, and grant that I may be generous in my praise and affirmation.

 The Voice of Don Bosco, Friend of Youth

 In every child, even the most difficult, there is a point that is accessible to the good.  The task of the educator is to find that sensitive chord and make it vibrate.

 

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