by Thomas A. Stobie, S.F.O.
Read and pause often to think about what is mentioned as it applies to your life.
Meditation on Gentleness - a Form of Love
First, let us consider others interacting with us.
Would you rather be around someone who is gentle or someone who is not?
Now let us consider our own actions with others and with things.
Am I a gentle person or not? Why or why not?
Gentleness is not unmanly. Remember that Jesus, St. Joseph, St. Francis and Pope John Paul II, President George W. Bush, just to name a few, are all gentle men. Being gentle does not lessen men, rather it is a true characteristic of manhood. Great men tend to be gentle men.
Treating people with gentleness shows them that we value and respect them. Likewise treating things with gentleness, we show others and God, that we want to take care of what with we have been entrusted and that we desire to leave it to others in good condition.
Gentleness is a way of life, showing our love in how we interact with people and things. Like any way of life, gentleness has to be practiced for us to become more gentle. If we want to become more gentle, we must take active steps, that is (1) choosing to be more gentle, (2) keeping this resolution in mind, (3) acting in gentleness, and (4) catching ourselves when we are not gentle so that we can be more aware of our gentleness or lack of gentleness in the future.
O Most Gentle & Loving God,
You treat us with loving gentleness all the time. You who know us better than we now ourselves, are patient with us, loving and kind always, slow to anger and rich in compassion. Thank You, Dear Lord, for being so gentle with us.
Grant us the gift of Gentleness. Help us to treat all people and things with loving gentleness, recognizing that abruptness, loudness, excessive force, impatience, and carelessness can hurt those around us and damage things. Let our actions reflect You in all that we do.
Thank You, Lord, for the gentle people in our lives, treating us with respect and love, those whom we know and the strangers we do not. Bless them, Lord, for their gentleness.
Help us to see You, Lord, in everyone around us and to see all property as belonging to You and deserving to be kept in good condition for the next person whom You want to use it.
When we chose to be Gentle, we are choosing to live in imitation of You, Dear God. Grant that we may grow in love and gentlessness each day.
Check out my thoughts on Modern Courtesy.
Meditation by Thomas A. Stobie, SFO © 2002-2003. Permission granted to copy for personal use.
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