Being and Doing – 11 May – Courtesy
HOWEVER she appears before me in these, the bright working years of her life, it is always with the same gentle manners and movements, never too hurried or too important to attend to other peoples’ affairs, however tedious or trivial, or to give a helping hand when it was wanted.
From Life of Annie Keary
WHAT struck me then, and often afterwards, was the way in which he took apparently a special interest in whatever he was at the time attending to… He would come in from the parish, and sit down in the study, and talk with his whole mind given to the subject; and then, when called out, as he constantly was, to see some poor or rich persons, he would immediately give them his entire attention, and return to resume the conversation as if he had never been interrupted. I think that it was this, and his sweet serenity of temper, that made the children so fond of him.
From Life of C. Lowder
These quotes are from ‘Being and Doing’ A selection of helpful thoughts from various authors arranged for daily reading.
Collected by Constance M Whishaw and first published in 1908 for members of the Being and Doing Guild whose object is to do all they can for the relief of suffering and misery.
Most of the writers are 19th Century Christians from Britain and Europe who were committed to living their faith through deeds as well as words – Being AND Doing.
For many years these words have kept me company and encouraged me on the journey of faith. I hope they will encourage others also.