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Wednesday Reflection: July 20, 2022

July 20, 2022

Dear Friends,

Ah, finally at home, and at my own desk and with internet! Yeah. It is good to be home, and the gift of community is truly a blessing.

I remember in days past after a long event or absence, I would come home to an empty house. That was it; on to the next project! I really didn’t get a chance to savor the beauty of all the graces of those days. This time, however, I was greeted by so glad you are home; how was everything?; and now we will have some life in the house. I was thrilled to receive the report – though I am not sure everyone was as excited about the ‘noise’ returning!

Everyone needs experience affirmation and feel worthwhile. Of course, this brings to mind a true story worth sharing. Again, during a conversation with a friend, she shared with me the story of a schizophrenic man who was walking through the neighborhood, trying to get some store owners to sell his soy candles. After everyone else had refused, he came upon my friend; she agreed to sell them in her store. At that time, he could not even look her straight in the eye. A relationship developed and she was able to get him into some programs, give him an old pickup truck, and find him decent housing. All of this gave him a sense of worth beyond measure. He now takes the elderly in his building to doctor’s appointments, or shopping, or just out and about. He continues to make his candles – I now have a few of them myself – and was able to donate several dozen to a past golf tournament benefiting Haiti. It is truly amazing what a little kindness can do!

We all need to feel like we have worth, and sometimes we forget that others need the same kindness and affirmation as we do. How do I approach people I don’t really know? Do I give them a chance to show me what they are capable of, or do I immediately judge them? Do I offer them a ‘hand UP’ or is it easier to offer them a ‘hand OUT’ and send them on their way? Do they tend to move me out of my comfort zone? Again, how do we treat others? I truly want to treat others like I want to be treated – period! But I know I have a long way to go, so each day I must practice, practice, practice.

May you have a great week giving people a ‘hand UP’ and not just a ‘hand OUT’. Keep in mind these words from Fr. Tom Haggerty of Sts. Phillip and James Church shared over last week’s Sunday service:  “By cultivating kindness, we will learn to live with kindness. Let’s strive together for a kinder world!”


Till next week,

Sister Theresita

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