Our Lord tells us through St. Faustina, "I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for Me" (Diary of St. Faustina, 742).
Do you have a Deed of Mercy to share — acts of love, big or small, things you've seen others do, things you've done? Send it to us!
A Word of Thanks is An Act of Kindness
Yes, it's true: A word of thanks is an act of kindness. Allow me to explain.
People who volunteer are happy to do so without the "thank you." They do it for the love of their church, school, and community. Still, it is only human nature to want to be told that what you have done made a difference.
I happen to be a sacristan at my parish. If there are no readings picked by the family, our pastor has given me a folder of readings for me to choose from and read. At one such funeral Mass I picked a reading from the Prophet Isaiah, chapter 43, verse 1-5. It's a beautiful reading, one of my favorites.
Our retired priest, also there as a celebrant, asked to speak with me following the Mass. Looking at the reading, he said, "I know why you love this reading. It is your Marian spirituality, your Marian family, your devotion to Our Lady. Like Our Lady, you want everyone to know the love and mercy of the Lord, and when you read this, it left no room for doubt."
The few minutes it took to express these words of kindness meant so much to a volunteer like me.
It's an act of kindness and mercy when someone gives a word of thanks or encouragement. That act of kindness may very well be the bread for their journey that day, as it was for me.
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