Posted by: fvbcdm | March 8, 2012

Feast of Saint John of God (8 Mar 2012)

 

Today in the gospel of the Mass, Our Lord tells us that whatever we do to others, he counts as if we did it to him.  We’ve been hearing this principle of morality frequently now that Lent is upon us.   And interestingly enough, Easter Sunday is exactly one month from today: April 8th. As always, time goes quickly.  

As we read that gospel passage and reflected upon it in our community Mass, I was reminded of a moment that took place in the 1950s.  It was in Winona, Minnesota where our novitiate was located at the time.  The mother of one of the novices was talking to us when the subject of our novice master came up.  She said to us: “I like Father Walsh very much.  He is SO KIND!”  And she emphasized the kindness very strongly.  I had not thought of that before, but as I reflected upon her words, I realized that he was indeed a very kind man and that I certainly didn’t have anything to fear when I went in to see him, or was called into his office for some reason or other. I never saw him lose his temper, even when, on one cold winter morning, our bellringer made a mistake and got us all out of bed an hour early.  Father Walsh just leaned against the wall for a moment, looking slightly sad, and then said to all of us lined up in the hall, “Brothers, it’s only 5 o’clock.  Go back to bed!”  We were ready to shoot the bellringer, but Father Walsh took it in stride and probably said not a word of reproach to the poor guy who got about 36 men out of bed an hour early!

 

“He is so kind.”  I wonder if that is sometimes said about you; about me.  I hope so.  Kindness is a form of love, of community charity.  It is one of the nicest things that we can give to one another.  And by doing that, we give something very special to Our Lord and earn his approval and his pardon for the times when we were NOT kind.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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