Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

The Lord speaks of peace to his people. Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven.

Kindness is necessary if we want to imitate Jesus. There wasn’t a moment in his life when he wasn’t kind. Even when he overturned the money changers tables, he did it out of kindness, namely to save souls. Kindness isn’t a passive virtue. It goes out from us and shows our love of God, of our neighbors, and ourselves. Truth is also needed if we want to be good and faithful servants to God. After all, if we do not proclaim and follow the truth in our lives, then how can we expect to share in the life to come? Justice, too, is a virtue we must cultivate in order to live up to the title of being Christians. We need to give God and His children what they deserve in thought, word, and work. Otherwise, we will have nothing to show when the time comes to make an account of our lives. Lastly, peace should be at the core of our being. The calm that comes from trusting in God’s Divine Will and Mercy and believing that no matter the trials we face, we will overcome them with God’s grace.

Have kindness and truth meet within our hearts? Have justice and peace kissed our cheeks? How can we make ourselves into true imitators of Christ, who embodied all these virtues and more?

O Lord, make us kind, truthful, just, and peaceful.


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