Fr. Robert Bengry: Compassion

A photograph belonging to the Rev. Fr. Robert Bengry.

Have compassion for those who do you harm and for those who despise you. Even more, let that compassion bring you to pray for them because Jesus said each of us must pray for our enemies, and to forgive (over and over again) those who wrong us. These are difficult but important Catholic principles that promise to bring you closer and closer to a genuine humility of person necessary for true spiritual growth.
    When you are mocked and laughed at, when you are humiliated, thank God there has been an attack on your pride—because one’s own pride is a sure ticket to hell and damnation. Thank God you are mocked and laughed at and ridiculed! because your reward will be great in heaven. Jesus makes that promise... but woe to you that laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you, when all men speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. (Lk 6:25&26)
    Hurt and suffering, humiliation and degradation are a part of this fallen earthly life, but we Catholics know that in everything God works for good with those who love Him, who are called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28) So trust in that reality no matter the hardships you face. — Fr. Robert Bengry

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