Posted by: fvbcdm | January 10, 2014

Feast of William of Bourges (10 January 2014)

In his first letter in Sacred Scripture, Saint John the Apostle says to us: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.”  Then, a few lines farther down, he says: “God is love and whoever remains in love remains in God, and God in him.” In order for us to obey the commandment to love, we must spend our entire lives trying to benefit others in any way we can, because real love does what it can for the benefit of the beloved.  And furthermore, we should do so with the quality of affability.  Saint Thomas Aquinas says that affability is a form of justice.  We want people to treat us affably, and so we must treat them in the same way.  And what is affability? Father Antonio Royo, one of our outstanding Dominican authors on the spiritual life, says that “affability is the social virtue par excellence, and one of the most exquisite manifestations of the true Christian spirit.  It is (the) virtue of friendly and agreeable association with our fellow men.”  It means being pleasant, friendly, cheerful.  It is very important in interpersonal relationships, so much so, that modern business is now incorporating it officially into business practice.  Have you noticed how the check-out personnel at groceries now always tell you to have a nice day as you finish your transactions?  There is a certain retail outlet where I go for purchases from time to time.  When I walk into the store, I am greeted by all the clerks behind a long counter; they sound like the cheering section in a high school football game!  I don’t remember that kind of affability a few years ago.

That sort of affability may be somewhat insincere since it is aimed at improving business.  But in our own interactions with family, friends, co-workers, teachers, students, etc., we are expected to be friendly, pleasant, helpful, smiling. Try to imagine what it must have been like to talk to Our Divine Lord during his life on earth?  Encouraging; interested in YOU; never grumpy or growling; never the Ebenezer Scrooge; always the savior who came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This is a CDM composed by Father Brown in the past.


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