Advent Reflections (Day 13)

by | Dec 8, 2022 | Formation

Putting On the Virtue of Gentleness
December 9, 2022

During the annual retreat of 1632 St. Vincent exhorted the missionaries to have great respect for one another during the time of recreation and also to be “gai”. He advises a superior to conform his conduct to that of Our Lord, who was always completely humble, completely gentle, completely attentive, and accommodating, with humor, of the infirmities of others.1 He constantly counsels the Daughters of Charity to be joyous, smiling in their service of the poor. He once told St. Louise2: “The kingdom of God is peace in the Holy Spirit. He will reign in you, if your heart is at peace. So, be at peace, Mademoiselle, and you will honor in a sovereign way the God of peace and love.”

1CCD IV, 581.
2CCD I, 114.

Source: Fr. Robert P. Maloney, C.M. A Further Look at “Gentleness”


Let us pray

Lord, grant us this peace.


Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:29-30

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