Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
When we look at our life for the past months, we realize that we have been forced to cope with situations that are often beyond our control. One meaningful way of coping with this is to feed ourselves with positive thoughts. Inspiring books can help us to cast off the negativity that has engulfed us.
Pope Francis has brought out a new book, ‘Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future’. In this book, which is already in the Best Seller list in the New York Times, the Pope begins by saying why we must, and how we can make the world safer, fairer and healthier for all people now. He says that if we have the courage, we can emerge from this crisis better than before and that the virus has demonstrated our mutual dependency and common vulnerability. (How true!)
Speaking of the Doctors, Nurses and other Health care and Essential Services workers, the Pope says that: “They are the saints next door, who have awoken something important in our hearts … the antibodies to the virus of indifference. They remind us that our lives are a gift and we grow by giving of ourselves: not preserving ourselves, but losing ourselves in service.”
Yes, the people who have found meaning during this crisis are people who have gone out of themselves to be at the service of others, even when they themselves were hurting. And we can be proud that our parish family has many heroes and heroines who have been beautiful examples of selfless service and generosity!
Following the exhortation of Pope Francis, let us make this period of our life a moment to dream big, to rethink our priorities – what we value, what we want, what we seek – and to commit to act in our daily life on what we have dreamed of!
Stay safe! Live Dreaming!
United in prayers,
Fr. Joy Jacob, SDB