A Thought for This Day…

Don’t lose any opportunity, however small, of being gentle toward everyone. Don’t rely on your own efforts to succeed in your various undertakings, but only on God’s help. Then rest in his care of you, confident that he will do what is best for you, provided that you will, for your part, work diligently but gently. I say “gently” because a tense diligence is harmful both to our heart and to our task and is not really diligence, but rather over eagerness and anxiety…I recommend you to God’s mercy. I beg him, through that same mercy, to fill you with his love. – Francis de Sales (found this on Tripp’s blog…)


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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5 Responses to A Thought for This Day…

  1. altar ego says:

    This is timely. I had a tender day yesterday–stuff protected in my heart. I had a "come to Jesus meeting" with myself, and truly felt that the Spirit helped me climb onto a next step of sorts. This morning at church, shortly before the service, I reacted to something that someone has done and stirred up some tension. I'm not alone in causing the tension, but I unwittingly kicked it. During the liturgy I reflected upon my actions and repented, and afterward extended my apology to the person in question. He seemed uninterested, and though it was important to make that apology to him, it was also important for me to repent of my part in the mess. The situation around which all this is taking place is still present and unresolved, but I believe I turned a corner in my own being in terms of being gentle. Yankees can sometimes be direct, and no matter what may be in my heart and mind in terms of mercy and compassion, what comes out of my mouth is what people know. I am grateful to have undergone a transformation of sorts in an effort to act more gentle.

  2. Jan says:

    This is really good. Thank you.

  3. Just what I needed this morning as I work on planning worship for July. Thanks so much.

  4. Gabriele says:

    Gentle.Surprising how hard that can be. Especially with ourselves. Children, husband even, friends no problem. But ourselves.Hard.

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