“We need witnesses to hope . . .”

“In a culture often dominated by technology, sadness and loneliness appear to be on the rise, not least among young people.  The future seems prey to an uncertainty that does not make for stability.  This often gives rise to depression, sadness and boredom, which can gradually lead to despair.  We need witnesses to hope and true joy if we are to dispel the illusions that promise quick and easy happiness through artificial paradises.  The profound sense of emptiness felt by so many people can be overcome by the hope we bear in our hearts and by the joy that it gives.  We need to acknowledge the joy that rises up in a heart touched by mercy.  Let us keep in mind, then, the words of the Apostle: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always’.  (Pope Francis)

Seeing with the eyes of your heart

At our Witnesses to Hope meeting this week, Sr. Dorcee spoke about the importance of seeing goodness and beauty in the other and gives tips about how to do that.  If you would like to see or hear the talk, you can go here.  A number of people asked her for this quote, so here it is:

To see that someone is good and to say so is a creative act–one of the great creative acts.  There may be some few individuals who are inescapably evil, but they are few.  Within almost all of us is something positive and unique, but which is all too easily injured, and which only grows when exposed to the sunlight of someone else’s recognition and praise.  To see the good in others and let them see themselves in the mirror of our regard is to help someone grow to become the best they can be.  ‘Greater,’ says the Talmud, ‘is one who causes others to do good than one who does good himself.’  To help others become what they can be is to give birth to creativity in someone else’s soul.  This is done not by criticism or negativity but by searching out the good in others, and helping them to see it, recognize it, own it, and live it.

‘And God saw that it was good’–this too is part of the work of creation, the subtlest and most beautiful of all.  When we recognize the goodness in someone, we do more than create it, we help it to become creative.  This is what God does for us, and what He calls us to do for others.    (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks)

Storytime

Sr. Ann, the scheduled speaker for last night’s Witnesses to Hope, got stranded in New York due to a snowstorm, so Sr. Dorcee and Sr. Sarah teamed up to read out loud some of their favorite stories.  Get yourself a cup of tea, snuggle up, and let yourself be read to.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and hopefully you’ll be inspired.  Just click below.

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