Thought for the Day – 17 April – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
“Some people are careful to avoid giving grave scandal but do not give it a thought in matters which they regard as trivial.
They have no scruples about imprudent gestures, malicious innuendoes, double-meaning conversations, acts of impatience, lack of understanding or constant grumbling.
Such things may seem trivial in themselves but can cause a great deal of harm in certain circumstances and in certain types of company.
We should keep control over ourselves and examine our behaviour in these matters every evening.
If we examine ourselves properly, we shall realise that we have failed to a greater or lesser degree.
Consequently, we shall recognise our obligation to make reparation, as far as possible, for any scandal which we have given.
This can be done especially by giving good example.
We have a strict obligation in conscience, to make reparation for all sin – never forgetting or disregarding any occasions when we were the instruments of the devil and have caused (sometimes GRAVE) scandal [these days maybe to 1000s on social media!].”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci