Compassion for the Sinner

Let us endeavor to show ourselves full of compassion towards the faulty and the sinful. If we do not show compassion and charity to these, we do not deserve to have God show it towards us. -St. Vincent de Paul

This Saint was never astonished at any fault that he saw committed; for he said that to commit faults was the characteristic of man, as he was conceived and born in sin. This acquaintance that he had with the common miseries of man, was what made him behave with so much sweetness and compassion to all sinners. He avoided harshness, and used only mild and compassionate words and ways, even with the most guilty.

St. Francis Borgia used to call those who brought upon him any mortification or trial, his assistants and friends.

A certain good nun, whenever she received an injury from any one, always hastened to the Most Holy Sacrament, and made an offering of it, saying: “O Lord, for love of Thee I pardon her who has done me this wrong! Mayest Thou pardon her for love of me!”

Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).

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