By Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB
One of my favorites quotes is by George Elliston, an accomplished poet born in 1883, but little known today. She wrote, How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.
Long before Elliston wrote that, of course, Jesus encouraged us to be kind all through the Gospel messages.
Kindness is one of the virtues and one that parents teach to their children.
Early childhood books celebrate kindness. In the story of Bambi, Mother deer tells Bambi , “If you can’t say something nice about someone – don’t say anything.”
In a favorite song at Christmastime we listen to how Rudolph is bullied by others, but Santa practices kindness by coming to his rescue.
St. Benedict encourages kindness, too. He tells us to always prefer the other person to ourselves. To put others first, and to let our actions be humble out of respect for Christ in the other person. So many of his word can be translated into the virtue of kindness!
One day, I was overwhelmed with anxiety about a project and needed help. Out of the blue another Sister came along and offered to help me, without my asking her. I was so very appreciative of her kindness to me.
How did it make me feel? I experienced a sense of relief, joy, peace, gratitude, happiness and a feeling that God heard my prayer for help and sent her to answer my prayer with her act of kindness.
Mark Twain said, Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Kindness makes a difference in your life and others’.
We know that a warm smile is the universal language of kindness, and that kindness with no expectation is such a gift. We love those people who share that gift with us!
Every kind act ripples out, inspiring the receiver to give back.
Kindness makes you happy and raises your self-esteem, because you feel like you matter when someone notices or helps you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
When my time comes to meet God I will be so happy if I hear God say, Mary Jane, come into my Kingdom, for you are known as a kind person!