November 17

Reflection

When we experience kindness, our hearts are warmed. Kindness is friendly, generous, and considerate. It gives freely without expecting anything in return. A kind person is generous with presence, time, and resources. The recipient experiences someone who is selfless, compassionate, and merciful. Kindness is not a quid pro quo endeavor; its greatest power is to those who may not be friends.  Kindness applies not just to relationships with other people. In the spiritual life it extends to animals, plants, and Earth.

 Prayer

May I appreciate and practice kindness.

Action

Be mindful of your words and attitudes toward all others.  Practice courtesy toward all. Be attuned to the needs of others and respond when you can. Smile often.

Suggested Reading

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.
1 Corinthians 13:4

Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.
Pope Francis

An honest concern for others is the key factor in improving our day to day lives. When you are warm-hearted, there is no room for anger, jealousy or insecurity. Healthy, happy families and a healthy peaceful nation are dependent on warm-heartedness.
Dalai Lama

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

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
Scott Adams

Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.
Harold S. Kushner

Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.
Jackie Chan

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
Princess Diana

That’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.
Andrew Iskander

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

What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. Love. We all lean towards love.
Richard Gere

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