Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Impossible world? Do good.

Today is the feast of St. Rita of Cascia, patron of Impossible Things. Pope Francis had a great homily about St. Rita today - telling us how to improve the current state of affairs in the world (a pretty impossible thing, if you think about it) - Do Good.

"We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much."

I love that I saw this while I was catching up on blogs before dinner. It just so happens that we had a perfect opportunity to do good today. We took a different way home and happened upon a friend and her family, recently involved in a car accident.
Of course, the fact that they were friends allowed me to do things like take some of the kids to our house while the car was sorted out. Unfortunately, this isn't too likely in the world today. Still, what if we could all start to do good and go back to a place where strangers helped one another? What a beautiful thing that would be.
For now, it was a good exercise in how bad can sometimes turn out OK (like having an unexpected hour to play with your friends!). I like learning that comes courtesy of the Holy Spirit.
Let's all pray for one another and even if it seems like a small thing, do good. Perhaps it's not such an impossible thing after all.
St. Rita, Pray For Us!


  1. Great food for thought-- it is often difficult in today's world merely to make eye contact with passersby, let along reach out to them in some way.

    We continue to be so grateful for your friendship-- and that God sent you our way during our time of need today!

  2. What a story for yesterday! And how providential that you saw Kellie in her time of need!
    Amazing how God works all things for the good of those who love him. I'm hanging my hat on that verse lately... well, relying on it is more like it.
    thanks for the link to Pope Francis' homily. My dad brought us a framed pic of him and he joins us for meals now ;-)