Building Catholic Character in Students: Think Kindly of Others

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The Catholic Book of Character and Success: Chapter Notes

Chapter Twenty-Four: Think Kindly of Others.

  • There are two extremes of temperament: the very kind and the very critical, with a whole variety of degrees in between.
  • Some people are prone to noticing particular faults and overlooking others.
  • Others tend to appreciate certain types of good qualities and minimise others that might be more valuable.
  • Self analysis on how one customarily judges others, may unearth something to reflect upon and perhaps correct or regret.
  • The person who tries to see the positives in a person has the happier existence, whilst the unkind person leads a gloomier life.
  • People have a keen eye for both noticing their own good qualities whilst ignoring their shortcomings, whilst doing the opposite for their neighbour.
  • The kindly person is blessed to be given such a character, but we all can cultivate that attitude with deliberate practice.
  • Set out to search for the best qualities in those around you, even those who you consider quite wicked.
  • Their wickedness after all may be due to a twisted conscience or being influenced by a false notion of right or wrong.
  • However, any good within them is likely to be genuine and we should endeavour to see that good as the good we would like them to see in us, whilst at the same time overlooking our faults.
  • Cherish the good we see in others, as it is a light in a dark world, full of temptations which makes any good quite honourable and meritorious.
  • Try and judge others like this from this moment on.
  • Perhaps if you were to see below the surface of the person you dislike, you might witness a character who has many struggles and victories against temptations they feel, but do not give in to.
  • And importantly, one does a great service to themselves by seeking the best in people, as it shapes their own character into a fine one.
  • People are usually better than you give them credit for.
  • Faults are more noticeable than virtues and whilst they usually stem from weakness, the good in a person is usually deliberate.
  • Thus in acting in this way, you treat others as you yourself would wish to be treated.
  • Kindly folk are well-loved and respected whilst the wholly critical and censorious types are shunned by others.
  • These are strong motives for taking the benign approach to others.
  • Do not become limited in your kindness and let all of those around you feel it and become drawn to you.

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