“Merciful love is the only path to follow. How much we all need to be a little more merciful! Do not gossip, do not judge, do not pick at others with envy and jealousy.” Another wise saying from someone who lives what he says. Don’t you wish you could stop yourself from gossiping or judging or picking on others because they seem better off than you? We cannot stop overnight, but day by day we can eliminate at least a little gossip or judging or envy. Each day we can choose to be aware of judging others and try to catch ourselves as we judge. Saying a quick prayer for the other or thinking a positive thought is a way of catching yourself and remembering you are trying to be merciful. If envy catches you off guard, a little thanksgiving to God for what you have can be a help too.
By Stefanie Weisgram, OSB