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Overview You're almost certainly not as kind as you ought to be - and your relationships with God and those you love may be suffering as a result. Probably you just can't find the time - and can't ever seem to develop the patience - that you need in order to be consistently kind amid the irritations that afflict you daily. That's why these pages are such a godsend. You'll learn how to be kinder, even in difficult circumstances! There's nothing complicated or magical about learning to be kinder; it just takes greater attention to the things that you do and how you do them. These pages show you how to become more aware of even your most offhand daily actions. You'll find simple, step-by-step, and spiritually crucial directions for how to overcome the habitual unkindnesses that creep - undetected - into the behavior of even the most careful souls. If you want to make progress in the spiritual life you can't afford to miss the bracing insights in this handbook for souls who yearn to be kinder. They'll give you years of solid help in overcoming sin so that you'll live more fully with others - and truly transform your corner of the world!
Publishers Description If you have trouble acting with the consistent kindness our Lord expects, your relationships with God and those you love may be suffering. That's why this book is such a godsend.Fr. Lawrence Lovasik brings you simple directions for how to overcome unkind habits that can creep -- undetected -- into your behavior. If you want to make progress in the spiritual life, don't miss these insights: they'll give you years of solid help to grow in charity and truly transform your corner of the world
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Studio: Sophia Institute Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.01" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1999
Publisher Sophia Institute Press
ISBN 1928832008 ISBN13 9781928832003
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More About Lawrence G. Lovasik
Rev. Lawrence Lovasik, SVD was born on June 22, 1913 in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. He attended primary school at Saint Clement School before continuing on to Divine Word minor seminary and college in Girard, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1931.
Father Lovasik then entered the Divine Word Major Seminary in Techny, Illinois, where he graduated in 1938. After completing his theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Father Lovasik was ordained a missionary priest of the Society of the Divine Word on August 14, 1938.
Father Lovasik spent several years as a teacher and Prefect of Seminarians for the Society of the Divine Word. For over forty years, he preached parish missions throughout the Eastern United States and conducted retreats throughout the world.
In 1954, Father Lovasik founded the Sisters of the Divine Spirit, a missionary congregation of women religious. In 1967, he founded the Family Service Corps, a secular institute devoted to charitable work for the sick, elderly and needy.
Father Lovasik said his life's ideal was to make God more known and loved through his writings. He published more than 30 books and over 75 pamphlets including prayer books, Bible stories for children, lives of the saints, and catechisms.
Father Lovasik retired from missionary work in 1982. He died on June 9, 1986.
Lawrence G. Lovasik lived in Pittsburgh. Lawrence G. Lovasik was born in 1913 and died in 1986.
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Excellent! Apr 6, 2008
This book is very clear, insightful and helpful! When reading it, one may be made aware of ways one has not been as kind as one could or should be - and what one can do to change.
A Must Read Mar 2, 2008
This is hands down one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. Fr. Lovasik really pushes the reader toward greater holiness by encouraging the practice of kindness.
The author begins the book with an observation that struck close to home for me--that because one is spiritually devout does not mean one is kind. Some very religious people, he notes, can also be very unkind. So what exactly does the author mean by kindness? In short: If you raise your voice in anger (even to your spouse or children), you are being unkind. If you insist on having the last word in an argument, you are being unkind. If you talk about others behind their backs, you are being unkind. If you listen to gossip, you are being unkind. If you speak with sarcasm, you are being unkind. If three of you are sitting at a table and two of you engage in a conversation in which the other person is left out, you are being unkind. If you wait for others to ask for help before you offer assistance, you are being unkind. If you don't smile enough, you are being unkind. If you jump to negative conclusions about people you meet, you are being unkind. The list goes on and on.
Fr. Lovasik stresses that it is the "little" things in life that often have profound everlasting consequences. Regardless of how faithfully we might pray or read the Bible or attend Mass, it is our kindness that draws people to God--and our unkindness that repels them. Kindness and unkindness alike are contagious, the author points out. Something as small as a smile can brighten another person's day; a frown or a harsh word can have the opposite effect.
If you don't like to have your toes stepped on, this book is not for you. If, on the other hand, you're looking for someone to help you conform to the image of Christ, this is a must read.
Wonderful Apr 10, 2007
This is a great book for any age or stage in life. It is challenging and insightful.
It all starts with a change of heart, this book engages the heart! Mar 31, 2007
No one can read this book, The Hidden Power of Kindness, without looking at himself and his behavior towards his brother. It illluminates the little, yet destructive things that we do to one another, but on the otherhand, it illluminates the little, yet life healing things we can do to one another! Love lives and acts through kindness.
A Good Blueprint for Life Feb 21, 2007
"The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time" by Rev. Lawrence Lovasik is an abridged edition of "Kindness" which was originally published in 1962. Its message is as important today as it was then, perhaps even more so.
We live in a rude world. It often seems that people have forgotten how to be kind. "The Hidden Power of Kindness" seeks to remind us. Lovasik begins by offering six simple rules to living kindly, three "don'ts" and three "do's:"
"1) Don't speak unkindly of anyone. 2) Don't speak unkindly to anyone. 3) Don't act unkindly toward anyone.
1) Do speak kindly of someone at least once a day. 2) Do think kindly about someone at least once a day. 3) Do act kindly toward someone at least once a day."
When you do commit an unkind act, ask God for forgiveness, offer an apology to the person, if possible, and say a prayer for the person you offended.
The remainder of "The Hidden Power of Kindness" expands upon those simple rules, providing concrete examples of ways to practice kindness. Jesus told us to love our neighbor. Acting with kindness is a powerful step to living that mandate. Lovasik's book offers a wonderful blueprint for transforming your life and your relationships with other people.