Friday of the Second Week of Advent

Strength for the Family

“These are all simple courtesies that are necessary for any living situation, whether it be with a family or housemates. Our requirements are meant to prepare them to be responsible adults who eventually will live with others in a home, convent, monastery, or rectory.” ~Strengthening Your Family: A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home, Chapter Six: Pushing the Limit

adventWe all know what it’s like to have our “button pushed,” when someone we know has to do that one thing that makes us crazy or nag on the one topic that gets us truly riled up. It’s almost impossible to keep our composure; even more difficult to react with benevolence and compassion.

 

Straws for the Crib

Make a conscious decision to extend simple courtesies to everyone with whom you come in contact today. Remember to say “please” and “thank you,” hold the door open, let others go first, listen to everything others have to say before speaking yourself, and serve everyone else before yourself.

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