By John Preiss
To rebuild society there is needed men of compassion, true compassion. This includes men who value human life, whether a single human person regardless of age, or thousands in desperate need, usually through no fault of their own. It may be the result of storms or prolonged droughts. It may be a stranger in trouble or under attack.
True compassion manifests the tender love of real gentle men who respond with help from their strength. Men who know and meet responsibility are needed to rebuild society. They are willing to take on great tasks or menial ones. Men of wisdom and humility are needed to repair and build up society. Knowledge alone is not an indication of wisdom. There are intellectual fools. One must know how to use his knowledge, how to put it all together, and make good judgments. Nothing teaches wisdom better than experience. The man of wisdom is willing to put aside preconceived ideas when they are proven to be false. The wise man accepts the criticisms of others, even of the arrogant and narrow-minded. He is always open to accept truth from whatever source. He wisely weighs the criticism to see if they stem from self-pride or truth itself. If the latter, he does not let criticism press him down but continues on with full energy. Men who build up society must be men of determination and perseverance. They do not give in to obstacles and become discouraged. We live in a time when many don’t practice commitment to anything, whether it be serious marriage or religious vows. Many youth today do not see or sense the value of commitment. Yet it is all important in living a successful, dedicated life. Quitters or those who change directions to their life frequently will not contribute to changing the world for the better as they lack the drive and courage to follow through. Men of determination keep in sight the object of their quest for a better world. They are unyielding and uncompromising in overcoming obstacles to reach their goal. The Godly man is a man of courage both physically and in his moral courage. The world lacks heroes today. The secular media frequently looks for scandals or loopholes in the lives of those who are upheld as heroes so as to tear them down, often without regard to verification. The man of courage does not give up in face of unjust persecution. A moral man of courage even expects to be criticized by the world. A courageous man may appear foolish to others, but he has the courage of his convictions as to what is true, right and just and moves ahead. The man of courage believes “the truth will make you free.” He lives on and acts on what he knows to be true. Good fathers will live so as to prepare their sons to have the kind of character that builds up society.
While important to gain knowledge, it is also important to gain wisdom and so they will advise their sons and anyothers who may recognize their wisdom. They will gently point out to others where they may see their direction is headed for disaster. It is most important to be sensitive to the needs of others, to realize that others may never have experienced strong security and thus to be patient in advising them.
Each one of us is unique. God has a plan for each person he creates and places in this world. Through prayer and using our heads, each must discover God’s plan for him. God does not hide his plan from us but he expects us to think, to use our heads. God has given us Guardian Angels to assist us in this, in knowing and carrying out our vocations.
The good holy angels, our Guardian Angel in particular, brings us light when we are open to the angels. By each using his or her talents in different areas, we thus all work together to upbuild society. The Word of God, through St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 12, tells us clearly about the variety of gifts and the unity of service for the whole body of men and the Church. “There are different gifts but the same Spirit; there are different ministries but the same Lord; there are different works but the same God who accomplishes all of them in everyone. To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one the Spirit gives wisdom in discourse, to another the power to express knowledge. Through the Spirit one receives faith; by the same Spirit another is given the gift of healing, and still another miraculous powers. Prophecy is given to one; to another power to distinguish one spirit from another. One receives the gift of tongues, another that of interpreting the tongues. But it is one and the same Spirit who produces all these gifts, distributing them to each as he will” (1 Cor. 12: 4-11).