If someone complains about being in pain, let us offer sympathy, offer to pray and suggest that they can "offer it up".
We might say that penance here on earth helps us to acquire merit or lessens our time in Purgatory.
When we leave someone, what about replacing the "have a good day" with "God bless" as a way of introducing the idea of God in our daily lives.
We may live our daily life with an awareness of its infinite dimension. As children of a loving Father who destines us to share in his kingdom, we must consciously work towards establishing this kingdom here on earth.
We are the salt of the earth. Our daily encounters must be sprinkled with the salt which will flavour our conversations and elevate them with the savour of spirituality.
Audrey English is a Sydney Catholic writer.