January 31

Reflection

Kindness goes beyond merely being nice. Being kind is intentional and voluntary.  It involves being selfless, caring and compassionate. We share love with others through a supportive smile, a nice word, a comforting embrace, or a helping hand. We make people feel good; we pass along hope; we promote peace. Kindness is all the different ways we express care, concern, and consideration. When life is difficult, kindness helps us to persevere despite our troubles. It is a reminder of who we are and can be for one another. To experience kindness is to know love In action.

Prayer

Your lovingkindness is before my eyes: and I have walked in your truth.
Psalm 26


Action

Reflect on the meaning and power of kindness. Choose a way to practice kindness. Work toward an attitude of kindness and respect for all others.

Suggested Reading

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Galatians 6:9-10

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:3

Kindness is firm and persevering intention to always will the good of others, even the unfriendly.
Pope Francis

He who plants kindness gathers love.
Saint Basil

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Dalai Lama

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
William Arthur War

I have found that people will forget what you did, forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
Barbara De Angelis

Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.
Annie Lennox

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
Albert Schweitzer

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

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