As I was typing up my previous post I came across this post from Sept. 2009 and thought I would like to repost it as part of my preparation for Lent.
I hope that when I am tempted to commit “little” sins I will remember this story and repent from even having considered them little.
Thank you Jennifer for reminding us how big little sins really are. How we must use true charity when dealing with our neighbor. How often do I justify harsh language or body posture because so and so deserves it? How often do I deny someone a kind look or word because they are not living up to my expectations? How often do I miss an opportunity to bring comfort to the suffering, because I consider their suffering self-inflicted and so undeserving of my comfort? How often am I impatient with others, blinded by my own self interests that I am oblivious to the heavy cross they are be carrying causing them to stumbling in my way as I am speeding along with my light load?
Charity does not mean sharing with the less fortunate. It is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for His own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. (CCC 1822)
Lord, open my heart, mind, and body to the suffering of those around me. Give me a heart of compassion and true charity for my neighbor. Please protect the suffering souls around me from being further burdened by my words, body posture, actions, or lack of action. Help me to always be sensitive to the needs of those with whom I come in contact. St. Joseph Cupertino, pray for me. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.