Learning to get along with all kinds of people and listening patiently to a wide variety of opinions can encourage us to grow in all manner of virtues, including patience, tolerance, and even love of enemies!

-from Pope Francis and our Call to Joy

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Words That Come From the Heart – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

Words that do not become flesh in us remain “just words.”  They have no power to affect our lives.  If someone says,  “I love you,” without any deep emotion, the words do more harm than good.  But if these same words are spoken from the heart, they can create new life.

It is important that we keep in touch with the source of our words.  Our great temptation is to become “pleasers,” people who say the right words to please others but whose words have no roots in their interior lives.  We have to keep making sure our words are rooted in our hearts.  The best way to do that is in prayerful silence.

For further reflection …

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. – Genesis 1: 3, 4 (NIV)

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