Passive Penances

49354625By Fr. Francis Fernandez (FFI)

Some means of practicing penance:

First we ought to be aware of what are called passive mortifications. These can be–when offered with love–what happens to us unexpectedly, or what does not depend on our will: cold, heat, pain, patience at having to wait longer than we expected, not reacting in kind to a brusque answer we might receive. Along with these passive mortifications, there are many others which can make our dealings with other people more pleasant–punctuality for example, listening with real interest, speaking when there is an uncomfortable moment of silence, being affable and not allowing circumstances to dictate our moods, being courteous and polite with others, saying thank you and apologizing when we have annoyed someone.

Working intensely with order, finishing a job once we have started it, and helping others to do their work can also present us with the chance to…

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