Hello hello! My grandma has always taught me to see the good in people and to recognize their inner goodness and focus on that and not the bad. The Nazis almost deported my grandma and her entire family to the infamous concentration camp Aushwitz-Birkenau when her father died and her mom couldn’t produce papers proving they were Polish and not Jewish and yet my grandma focuses on the fact that the German soldiers gave her chocolate as a child and soup when they were hungry not the fact that they wanted to murder her entire family.
Stop seeing the bad side of people! Focus on the good and if you look deep enough you can find the good in everyone. All the people who have wronged me or talk bad about me or make things up about me or insult me are just people, they are wounded people that are in need of love and acceptance and understanding. I love them too and I pray for them and I bless them and I forgive them all as my grandma would do and as Jesus would do. This is the only road to peace.
Anne Frank at the end of her diary after hiding for years in an attic from the Nazis because she was Jewish during World War II declared “It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”
Here is a video I took of my grandma telling me this story on my last visit to Poland.
With a blessing and a smile,
Fr. Adam Kotas!