Week of 26 November 2018

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.

~ Philippians 2:3 ~

Inner strength, as the work of grace, prevents us from becoming carried away by the violence that is so much a part of life today, because grace defuses vanity and makes possible meekness of heart. The saints do not waste energy complaining about the failings of others; they can hold their tongue before the faults of their brothers and sisters, and avoid the verbal violence that demeans and mistreats others. Saints hesitate to treat others harshly; they consider others better than themselves (cf. Phil 2:3).

Pope Francis
Gaudete et Exsultate 116

 

Lord,

Help me to be a little bit more like you today.

Help me to say Yes to your grace in my life.

Help me to see it as your free gift to me,

To help me to sing your praise and not my own,

so that I can see you in all I meet today.

Amen.

 

Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by Matthew Charlesworth SJ