To be relentlessly good requires great inner strength and conviction. It is easy to behave morally when times are easy, but when faced with adversity, many falter. To remain steadfastly virtuous in the face of hardship and temptation, one must possess profound reserves of determination and resilience.
The well from which relentless goodness springs must be deep indeed. It takes courage to stand for what is right when doing so may result in ridicule, ostracization, or even danger. It takes self-control to act with compassion and refrain from lashing out when provoked. It takes wisdom to know how to apply timeless moral principles to complex situations. And above all, it takes love – a boundless love for humanity that impels one to uplift and serve others at personal cost. Such high-minded ideals come not from superficial wishes, but from depth of character nourished by continual soul-searching, conscience-examining and heart-expanding experience. The unrelentingly good have plumbed the depths of their inner wells and discovered there the inexhaustible waters of goodwill.
Matthew 18:21-19:1. “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.”
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 2023-229: AUGUST 17, 2023]