Loving God, Saint John of Kanty was unjustly kicked out of a university job and reassigned as pastor of a small church. The parishioners treated him harshly. He gradually won their trust by taking a genuine interest in them, never growing impatient, and never getting angry at their hostility. Though he was strict about his own behavior, he was lenient with others. I ask him to pray for the people who are currently opposing me. Teach me, O Lord, how to win them over with kindness and deeds of love. Help me to forgive them quickly and to remain patient as I wait for You to give them a change of heart. Saint John, pray for us. Amen.
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