Monday, September 28, 2009

Principles and Practices - September 29

Christian Sympathy

Christian sympathy means being good­ natured, large-hearted, and broad-minded, not in the sense of being easy-going, tolerant of evil, and countenancing low ideals, but in the sense of being far more eager to discern and acknow­ledge in our neighbour his good qualities than to notice and advertise his shortcomings. It is a mark of narrow-mindedness quickly and fiercely to pounce upon our neighbour's defects, whilst turning a blind eye to the good side of his character. Look for the good in everybody and it will come out to meet you.

-Father Degen.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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