I was considering my first reaction to two different scenarios:
1. I hear that someone I know is sick.
First reaction? Pray.
2. Someone does me wrong -- whether on purpose or not.
First reaction? Anger -- or its politer cousin, impatience.
When someone wrongs me, I am suddenly in the middle of temptation: a temptation to hatred, even if it is in a mild form. Christ calls us to pray for our enemies so that, whenever I think of my enemies, it should trigger prayer as automatically as when I hear that someone is ill. Whenever I am wronged, it should call me to prayer as surely as the liturgy. Whenever someone curses me, I should hear the call to bless them.
Am I living up to that? Not even close -- but it's time I gave it a try.