It seems that every day during this pandemic I see one or more stories of people who are giving or have given their lives for others. The obvious ones, doctors, nurses, EMTs, and many folks who work in health care, are the subject of hero and heroine stories and receive my praise and gratitude for such dedication. The essential workers who are keeping the country running and supplying us with food, energy, and many other material resources are dying at even greater rates, giving their lives for others. During this same time I have seen people who are entrusted with bringing the country and world together during such trying times disrupting the harmony of the whole by reporting false information and distracting us with what seems to be their own agenda rather than focusing on the common good.
I think that we need to focus on those who do reach out to others and support them in any way we can. In so doing, we can also give our lives for others by using our talents and resources for those who need them more than we do. There will always be those among us who need food, clothing, shelter, health care, and the many necessities of life. Even Jesus Christ made note of that fact during his life here on earth. Father Arturo Paoli, quoted on this page, was an Italian priest who rescued many Italian Jews during WWII. He was someone who gave his all and his resources so that others might live. Most of us know what the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. did to help us become aware of the intellectual and moral blindness suffered by our society, and we can certainly call upon his wise words and example in light of what has happened lately in our country.
Our challenge today is to find others, as well as to take a good look at ourselves, and see if we are using our freedom rightly and also using our minds to the fullest capacity. My hope and prayer these days is that our head and heart will be working in harmony and that what we do flows from a sense of freedom to give generously and lovingly to others because we can see that this is what we must do “so that the world may be more beautiful, more just, more at peace.”
Remember, we are in this together!
Sister Mary Thill is a Sylvania Franciscan Sister. She is Patient Liaison for Mature Health Connections at Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center. She can be reached at 419-251-3600.