Putting On the Virtue of Gentleness
December 24, 2022
“Passionate” gentleness1 knows how to direct anger to root out injustice, to channel it so that “justice rolls like a river.”2 W. E. B. DuBois sums up this gentle passion in a lovely prayer: Give us grace, O God, to dare to do the deed which we well know cries to be done. Let us not hesitate because of ease, or the words of men’s mouths, or our own lives. Mighty causes are calling us — the freeing of women, the training of children, the putting down of hate and murder and poverty — all these and more. But they call with voices that mean work and sacrifice and death. Mercifully, grant us, O God, the spirit of Esther, that we say: I will go unto the King and if I perish, I perish. Amen.
1Cf. Walter Burghardt, “A Faith That Does Justice,” Warren Series Lectures, in Catholic Studies (# 18; November 17, 1991) 9.
Source: Fr. Robert P. Maloney, C.M. A Further Look at “Gentleness”