Virtue of Meekness – Fifteenth Day of May
Learn of Me that I am meek and humble of heart. St. Matt. 11:29.
In communities one should prefer union and peace to all else; to possess this we must bear with each other, treat one another with mutual sweetness. This virtue is the source of peace, and a tie of perfection which unites heart. — St. Vincent de Paul.
When this saint had some corrections to give, he spoke in such a general way that no one might suspect the person for whom he intended it. He would at times refrain from correcting rather than disturb peace among those whom he wished to see live together as having but one heart and one soul.
A worthy priest who had at one time care of the young persons of the house where he lived never made known any fault of theirs to the Superior, when he found it necessary to do so, without having first begged Our Lord at the foot of the altar to give him the grace not to exaggerate, and to tell also something that was good of the person whose fault he was obliged to make known.
My God, grant me grace to bear with the faults of those with whom I live, to treat them always with sweetness, to unite hearts divided, to inflame in hearts the fire of Thy divine love.