This “looker” is my three year old nephew, Michael Colin Kirby.
“We must edify others by the sweetness of Jesus. A soft answer turneth away
wrath, saith Scripture. Kind and gentle words, such as those of our dear Lord, are
an apostolate in themselves. Whereas clever sharp words, such as we have often
a strict right to use, are continually doing the devil’s work for him, and damaging
the souls of others, while they are inflicting no slight wounds upon our own.
Our manner, too, must be full of unction, and be of itself a means to attract men to us,
and make them love the spirit which animates us. Coldness, absence of interest,
an assumption of superiority for some unexpressed reasons, or even an obviousness of condescension, are not unfrequently to be found in pious persons. They have not yet mastered the spirit that is in them so as to use it gracefully, or they do not
appreciate the delicacy and universality of its tenderness. They have not a true
picture of Jesus in their minds ; and thus they can hardly exhibit Him at all in their
outward conduct. Our very looks must be brought into subjection to Grace.”
Father Frederick W. Faber