Good deeds are acts of kindness, filled with love and compassion. Any good deed performed is a virtuous act, as long as it is accompanied by good intentions. Therefore, good deeds are virtuous. There are several ways to practice good deeds; each one bringing joy not only to the recipient, but also to the giver, with a rippling effect that spreads outward. Here are a few suggestions:
- On the spur of the moment, do something nice for someone else! Let the inspiration seize you and act upon it! After all, this is Random Acts of Kindness week! Give a smile. Hold a door open. Choose to be kind rather than right for a change.
- Identify a need and do what you can to fill that need. Donate clothes to a shelter. Make a donation to your local food bank. Pick up the tab for lunch with a friend going through a tough time. Give a listening ear to a stranger.
- “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40). Take up Pope Francis’ call to action to alleviate hunger and poverty. Do your part to make this world a better place for everyone. Do it with love and kindness.
The possibilities of such good deeds are endless. The good ripples emanating from such good deeds are incalculable. In whichever way you choose to practice kindness, know that your actions become the fruit of the Holy Spirit on full display; for it is with your hands, your feet and your mouth that He does His work! May good deeds abound!
Now that we have discussed the virtue of kindness, we move next to discuss the virtue of forgiveness in our next reflection; a great virtue to discuss as we enter the season of Lent. Yes, Lent begins one week from today! Time flies!
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