Dec. 16, 2015 Wednesday: 3rd Week of Advent C
Always Look for the Good in People
Unless we look at a person and see the beauty there is in this person, we can contribute nothing to him. One does not help a person by discerning what is wrong, what is ugly, what is distorted. Christ looked at everyone he met, at the prostitute, at the thief, and saw the beauty hidden there. Perhaps it was distorted, perhaps damaged, but it was beauty none the less, and what he did was to call out this beauty. Listen to other people, and whenever you discern something which sounds true, which is a revelation of harmony and beauty, emphasize it and help it to flower. Strengthen it and encourage it to live. - Anthony Bloom, “ Always Look for the Good in People ”
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. John 13:34
Apply this principle to a real person—a celebrity involved in a notorious scandal or crime, or perhaps someone you know personally who has behaved badly. Look for the good in him or her.
- Jim Manney
An IGNATIAN book of days Daily Reflections from the Spiritual Wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola