Virtue of Meekness – Sixteenth Day of May
Learn of Me that I am meek and humble of heart. St. Matt. 11:29.
It is very important to make our conversation sweet and useful. For this end we must be humble, patient, respectful, cordial, and condescending in all things that are lawful. It is above all necessary never to contradict the opinions of anyone when not absolutely necessary. Believe me, there is nothing which renders one more pleasing to all than never to contradict any person. — St. Francis of Sales.
St. John Berchmans never contradicted, no matter who the person might be. His companions all loved him, even begged him to admonish them, as though he had authority over them.
St. Vincent de Paul was never heard to dispute even in things most indifferent. His affable manners, the facility with which he seemed to enter into the sentiments of others, his Christian condescension, captivated everyone, and in a manner obliged even those who differed with him to be of his opinion.
Grant, O my Saviour, that I may never contradict anyone without there be necessity. Grant that I may charitably condescend to all in all things possible.