July 2

Reflection

When we experience grief, sorrow, or pain we long for someone or something to alleviate and soothe our suffering.  The caring understanding words of others, their shared wisdom and the comfort of their affection gives us strength and moves us toward healing.  To break through our own hurt and be able to recognize the same need in others, to seek to console rather than to be consoled is truly selfless love.

 Prayer

“O Divine master grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console…”

 Action

Today I will try to break through my own self-protection and desire for sympathy and offer understanding and listening to someone else who is in need of it.
I will try to become sensitized to the needs of others.

 Suggested Reading

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace!
Where there is hatred let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon…
Where there is despair, hope…
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console…
Prayer of St. Francis

“When the Lord saw her, he felt sorry for her.Do not cry, he said….”
Luke 7:11 –17

 Sometimes, the best way to help someone is just to be near them.
Veronica Roth

 Better than a thousand useless words is one single word that gives peace.
The Dhammapada

 Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.
J. Isham

 Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
Dalai Lama

 Friendship is love with understanding.
Ancient Proverb

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