(this is a response to a post by my friend/accountability partner)

You have a gift for writing.  Deo gratias!  You seem to say everything that I feel but cannot articulate.  Your post on Gentleness led me to revisit the word that has been lingering on my heart. 

My word is Charity.   I think we have the same application of the two words, to treat others the way He has treated us.

    • Do ordinary things with extraordinary Love.
    • Let us love one another as God loves each one of us.  And where does this love begin? – In our own home.  How does it begin? – By praying together.
    • “God told us, “love your neighbor as yourself.”  So first I am to love myself rightly, and then to love my neighbor like that.  But how can I love myself unless I accept myself as God has made me?” ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Thank you for your gentle words of support and encouragement.  I pray to have all my JOY rooted in Him so that I do not lose peace over any trial or accomplishment.

Once again, I’m taking your lead.  I too, will post the following in my home and all prominent places so that I can be constantly reminded of His call for me.  I’m thinking it may even become a new set of family rules for 2011. +AMDG+

Be Charitable.

Be Useful.

Be Gentle.

Be Joyful.

Forget about yourself.




JOY helps me to better reflect on my internal JOY for Jesus, the JOY that needs to be freely shared with all, especially my family. Mother Teresa has not failed to guide us. it has been providential that our family's patron saint for 2011, St. Josemarie Escriva, shares a very similar message.

"May you know how to put yourself out cheerfully, discreetly and generously each day, serving others and making their lives more pleasant.  To act in this way is to practice the true charity of Jesus Christ." ~ St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, 150

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