These past few weeks have been a time of real grace for me.
I’ve been working one-on-one with one of our residents for sacramental preparation.
I didn’t want him to get ‘scared off’ by over-complicating things or requiring too much of him; nonetheless, I wanted to teach him what he needed to know in order to be open to receive all the graces waiting for him.
I also was conscious of trying to be kind to him and show him the authenticity of what I was teaching by the way I acted.
This second aspect has overflowed, in a powerful way, on my interactions with others.
For some time, I have been trying to be attentive to each person who come to the reception desk (where I work). I want to show interest in them and give them my full attention. I sometimes get engrossed what I am working on, however, and this is sometimes ‘easier said than done.’
The experience of trying to show kindness and give my utmost with the particular resident I have been helping has brought my efforts to a new level.
I realize, if I am making great efforts to show the love of Jesus to this individual, I need to be doing the same with everyone. It has really helped me to stop what I am doing and give my utmost (even if it’s just a smile and a greeting) to each person.