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Good Deeds: What Impact Do They Have on You?


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. “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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8 Responses to Good Deeds: What Impact Do They Have on You?

  • Just sharing…Every year our HS takes about 30Jr/Sr’s to Mississippi to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The gift they receive in giving of themselves is transformative. Suddenly their world no longer revolves just around them for they see the value in giving not only those in need but those in their family and neighborhood as well. I have had the privilege of watching this transformation with 2 of my children and their classmates. All because a teacher and his friend felt compelled to go to Mississippi to help in the initial relief efforts has this ministry grown into what it is today. I can’t wait to see the effects it will have on my 3rd child and her classmates who will make the trip in a couple of weeks.

  • I have lived my life this way. And you know what… things I did for people when I was much younger are still affecting my life and friendships today.
    For instance, I got back in touch with my friend Lisa, via FaceBook. And she was back in college (after marrying and having children). She wanted to share with me a paper she wrote, in college, about me, because I helped her 30 years before while we were in College. I didn’t even remember it. I was touched and astounded.
    But it made me think. When you do things, from the heart – not looking for THANKS – those things bless so many people!
    Keep being kind. You never know.

  • This brought to mind an incident when I offered my seat to someone and I was snubbed. But that didn’t deter me from doing acts of kindness. Whether appreciated or not, acts of kindness will always add more to our treasures in heaven. May good deeds abound indeed! God bless you!

  • This is a great post, if only more of the world thought this way, it would make for a fantastic place to live and raise children in!

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