Week of 03 December 2018

Rejoice in the good of others as if it were your own.

~ St. John of the Cross ~

It is not good when we look down on others like heartless judges, lording it over them and always trying to teach them lessons. That is itself a subtle form of violence. Saint John of the Cross proposed a different path: “Always prefer to be taught by all, rather than to desire teaching even the least of all”. And he added advice on how to keep the devil at bay: “Rejoice in the good of others as if it were your own, and desire that they be given precedence over you in all things; this you should do wholeheartedly. You will thereby overcome evil with good, banish the devil, and possess a happy heart. Try to practise this all the more with those who least attract you. Realize that if you do not train yourself in this way, you will not attain real charity or make any progress in it”.

Pope Francis
Gaudete et Exsultate 117



Help me to

become just

a little bit

more charitable


Help me to


and build up

the people

in my life.

Save me from

judging others



Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by Matthew Charlesworth SJ