Our virtue this week is that of UNDERSTANDING – The strength to value positive and genuine relationships. Being an UNDERSTANDING person is a real gift for others. To understand that we all make mistakes, to understand that a team/group loss or disappointment is never the fault of one individual, to understand that the success you experience is due to the hard work and sacrifice of everyone. The more UNDERSTANDING we are, the happier we will be.
Lord, thank you for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this school/team/group that we love. Help us to do it for Your glory and honor. May we grow stronger in the virtue of being UNDERSTANDING today and develop the habit of looking for ways to do good for others.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:
“Today my best friend slapped me in the face.”
They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:
“Today my best friend saved my life.”
The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”
The friend replied, when someone hurts us we should write it down in sand, where the winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”
The one friend practiced a whole lot of virtues after he/she was slapped in the face. Let’s name some.
How did both friends live the virtue of UNDERSTANDING – The strength to value positive and genuine relationships.
Let’s be slow to complain and criticize and quick to praise, congratulate and thank.
When was the last time you had a really good, long, personal conversation with someone?
Can you talk with someone without looking at your phone during the conversation?
Thank you, Lord, for the example of (name a few people you are grateful for). Help us all to be more UNDERSTANDING this week by reaching out to our grandparents (or other relatives we may not see that frequently) to talk with them and asking them how things are going.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Reach out to our grandparents (or other relatives or neighbors we may not see that frequently) to talk with them and ask them how things are going.
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein
“Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.” – Phillips Brooks
“Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.” – Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
“If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Much learning does not teach understanding.” – Heraclitus
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding.” – Burt Rutan
James 1: 19-27
Know this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of a man does not accomplish the righteousness of God.
Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls.
Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror.
He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like.
But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres, and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, such a one shall be blessed in what he does.
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue* but deceives his heart, his religion is vain.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
St. John of the Cross
John of the Cross (1542 – 14 December 1591) was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, a Roman Catholic saint, a Carmelite friar and a priest, who was born at Fontiveros, Old Castile.
John of the Cross is known for his writings. Both his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul are considered the summit of mystical Spanish literature and one of the peaks of all Spanish literature. He was canonized as a saint in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII. He is one of the thirty-six Doctors of the Church.