Updated Monday, January 20th at 3:00 pm
SEASON: Week Ten
Theme: The Fruits of the Holy Spirit - KINDNESS
Colossians 3:12 (Saint Paul wrote this in
his letter to the Colossians)
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy
and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
By using the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we show through our actions
and words the fruits of the Spirit. Kindness
is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in which we show compassion to others through good
deed or words. We can look at the lives
of many saints to learn lessons about kindness.
The first saint that often comes to mind when we think of kindness is
St. Teresa of Calcutta. Mother Teresa lived
from 1910 until 1997. She was a Roman
Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation
dedicated to helping the needy. Mother
Teresa dedicated many years in Calcutta, India showing compassion to the
poor. After morning Mass and prayer, Mother
Teresa spent her days showing love and kindness to the neediest people- orphaned
children, the sick, and the elderly.
Mother Teresa showed that it only takes small acts of kindness to show
someone they are loved and worthy. She
said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly
Often, we don’t realize how much our kindness means to
people. It can turn someone’s day
completely around. Our kindness, when
sensed from the heart and as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, can renew someone’s
faith in God when they are feeling lost or alone. This may sound like a huge task but even the
smallest of things can have a big impact.
St. Teresa said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of
love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” And “not all of us can do great
things, but we can do small things with great love.” Think about what act or word of kindness you
can show someone today.
One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is kindness. Through simple acts and words of kindness we
can show others they are valued, and they are loved.
What are some random acts of kindness you can show to your classmates and
teachers at school?
Possible answers: smile at them, offer help with classwork or homework, offer
help moving their things or getting their lunch, letting someone in front of
you at the lunch line, invite someone different to sit by you at lunch,
offering to collect something or hand something out, leaving complimentary or
encouraging notes for people
What are some random acts of kindness you can show to your teammates and
Possible answers: smile at them, saying a genuine hello, goodbye, and
how are you, complimenting them on a good play or move, offering a word of
encouragement when he or she makes a mistake, a pat on the back after a tough
game or competition, thanking the coaches, offering to set up a drill or clean
up after practice, gather up all the balls
Please show me opportunities to be
kind. Help me to show compassion even
when I don’t feel like it, to people I don’t even know, and to those who aren’t
always kind back to me. Help me to use
the example of Mother Teresa to do small things with great love.
We ask all of these things in the name
of the Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Say the Our Father as a