Putting On the Virtue of Gentleness
December 6, 2022
St. Vincent links cordiality with affability, saying that it is particularly necessary in working with poor country people.1 He states that affability is the soul of good conversation and renders it not only useful but also agreeable. In his principal conference on gentleness, he says that the second step in being gentle (after controlling one’s anger and channeling it properly) is affability and cordiality.2
1CCD XI, 68.
2CCD XII, 189.
Source: Fr. Robert P. Maloney, C.M. A Further Look at “Gentleness”