Friday, February 20, 2015

Small Yet Concrete Signs

Today I'm linking up with Betsy at My Five Men for her Random Acts Of Kindness Adventure 2015.

Several times a year Pope Francis delivers thoughtful messages to his main audience, the Roman Catholic church.  However, many of his topics resonate with all people. Just a couple of days ago in his Lenten message, he said:
"No matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.”
What do you know!  Even the Pope is suggesting we do Random Acts of Kindness.  He goes on to say that
"Lent is a favorable time for showing concern for others by small yet concrete signs of our belonging to the one human family."
I kept the Pope's words in mind when I ran into an acquaintance who looked like she was having a really bad day.  As we started talking, it became obvious it had been a bad MONTH.  I had a lot of errands to run, but instead of cutting the conversation short I took the time to listen to her.

Five years ago today: Signs Of Spring

17 comments:

  1. As simple as this may sound.....this was probably HUGE to your friend. What a difference you may have made in her life....and just at the right time! Isn't it awesome how God's timing is always perfect. Blessings to you...

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  2. Yes . . . you took the time to listen to her and that probably meant a lot to her.
    Nice RAK.
    Pope is absolutely right and James said, "Faith without good works is dead!"
    . . . . Eddie :)

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    1. I'm really going to make an effort to do more of those good works!

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  3. I love this...so many RAKS this week are giving time. Taking time to listen to her meant a lot, I'm sure. Sometimes you just feel better having someone let you talk/vent etc. So nice. Thanks for joining in....I'm sure you made her feel better knowing someone cared.

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    1. Thanks. I haven't been around yet to read what everyone else has done. Looking forward to doing that.

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  4. Oh... you are a good, no, GREAT friend!

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  5. "time" ~ the most valuable gift we have. I love your post and what wise words from pope Francis. Wonderful quotes.

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  6. wonderful inspiration from our kind Pope. And good for you.

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    1. His words ARE inspirational. aren't they?

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  7. Thanks for sharing the Pope's words. They are valuable for us to consider.

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  8. The gift of time is truly what some people need. Very nice RAK.

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  9. Good for you, Kathy! That's so wonderful. I have to say Pope Francis is my favorite pope, even though I'm not Catholic. I really like and respect him and wish all religious leaders could be like him.

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