Friday, February 20, 2009

The Hidden Power of Kindness

Carlo Maratti ( 1625-1713) Rebecca and Eliezar at the Well

The Hidden Power of Kindness by Lawrence G. Lovasik (Sophia Institute Press, 1962).

This is a wonderful book, packed full of kernels of truth that are immediately accessible and easily translated into action, but also worthy of quiet contemplation over days or months.

For example, a sampling of Father Lovasik’s comments on kind words:

“Kind words put an end to quarrels: One simple word of love is enough at times to bring about a reconciliation.”

“Kind words soothe and comfort: Daily you come across anxious, excited, sad, and fearful people to whom you may speak a kind word….Do not let your indolence, reserve or selfishness keep you from opening your mouth.

“Kind words encourage: To praise your neighbor is an act of charity that brings joy. God Himself fashioned so fashioned the human heart that it needs praise, for the same reason that it dreads contempt….We nourish the bodies of our children and friends. But how often do we nourish their self esteem by giving them the hearty appreciation that they crave?

“Happiness follows close upon kind words: The double reward of kind words is the happiness they cause in you and others…. In your everyday life, you are at times confronted by problems and weighed down by trials. Your heart is gripped by worry and sorrow. Life becomes almost unbearable. Yet, if you still greet others with kind words and a cheerful disposition, the effect will be to put your own worries to flight and to lift up your spirits….”

This book should be on the New York Times best seller list!

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