Daily Thought For August 6, 2014

Helping One Another

Our Lord wants us to provide the shelter and protection of our fraternal concern to the people we are close to through ties of blood or friendship, and indeed to all mankind: helping them daily with our prayer, alerting them opportunely and gently through fraternal correction whenever we see them falling into customs or habits that are not in keeping with their Christian state, giving them some helpful advice to improve their family life or their work, being quick with a word of encouragement when they are feeling down, being understanding with their shortcomings and defects and helping them to overcome them. We can even help people a lot by the way we greet them, because, as Saint Thomas says, our greeting is a sort of prayer in it we wish people peace of soul, that God would bless them, and so forth. 

Frater qui adiuvatur a fratre quasi civitas firma, a brother or  helped by a brother is like a walled city. If we let ourselves be helped and we truly give ourselves to the people around us, we can expect that Christ will come and bring us into the wedding feast, to Love without measure and without end. 

from In Conversation with God by Francis Fernandez Volume 4 p. 493

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