Blessed is the servant who does not speak in the hope of gain, does not discuss all his affairs, and is not eager to talk, but wisely weighs his words and replies. Woe to the Religious who does not hide the favors that God has shown him within his heart, and who does not show proof of them in his behavior, but wants to tell everyone about them in hope of some gain. In so doing he has received his reward, and those who listen to him reap little benefit.
—Edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe, Upper Room Spiritual Classics: Writings of Francis & Clare (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.”
—Matthew 6:5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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