Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Principles and Practices - December 16


Is there anything we do to our neighbour that we would not have done to ourselves? Do we willingly fall in with his wishes? ­Do we take to heart his sorrows? Are we really anxious to console, serve, and comfort him? Ah, my sisters, as a rule we like to be preferred to him and yet you see to what this commandment obliges us; so give it, I implore you, your careful and serious consideration. Our nearest neighbours are our own dear sisters with whom we live. Hence do I exhort you to reciprocal and cordial love of one another.

-St. J. F. de Chantal.
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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