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"Be kind to each other. - I prefer you make mistakes in kindness - than that you work miracles in unkindness." (BMT)

In a letter to her Sisters, Mother Teresa speaks of the importance of a seeminly simple virtue - kindness.  She writes that it is not always the end result which matters - mistake or miracle - but the thought and action behind it.  She echoes St. Paul's famous discourse on love:  "If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:3) 

Kindness is defined as "having gentleness, tenderness, or goodness of heart; benevolence; mercy".  Have you ever been brought to tears by someone's kindness towards you?    A soft-spoken word or loving gesture at the right moment can bring such comfort.  And conversely, a word spoken in harshness can crush another's soul.  Mother Teresa continues in her letter:  "Be kind in words.- Would that we could keep all our words in (Mary's) heart.  So much suffering - so much misunderstanding, for what?  Just for one word - one look - one quick action - and darkness fills the heart of your Sister.  Ask Our fill your heart with sweetness."

Another lesson we all can learn from:  Our unkind words, usually spoken in anger or haste, can fester and spread like an infection, poisoning the soul.   Even one hurtful word calls down a curse.  Is there any wonder evil seems to abound?  Instead, let's put on kindness and mercy, call down blessings so that goodness increases.  A mistake done in kindness produces humility; a miracle worked in unkindness produces nothing but pride.

Bl. Mother Teresa, pray for us!