From The Everyday Apostle by Fr. Edward F. Gareshé
Another apostleship that Fr. Gareshé discusses is the Apostleship of Praise. Fr. Gareshé begins by distinguishing this apostleship with the Apostleship of Encouragement (which we discussed in a previous post). Encouragement does not necessarily require praise; but it is difficult to praise in the manner Fr. Gareshé desires without providing encouragement.
Praise is something that we deal with in our practical daily lives. This is important to recognize. One of the great things about Fr. Gareshé's reflections is that they do not live in the abstract. We daily are involved in the giving and receiving of praise (and its opposite, blame). In fact, if you are like me, I think honesty requires that we say we find it hard to resist making such judgments. And these judgments have influence.