Whenever I get down on humanity, on those days where everyone seems impatient, selfish, rude, thoughtless — and I include myself there — and my faith in people begins to wane, I think of a time when I saw people at their best; even if it seems these people and these moments are too few, that isn’t the case in reality.  I think, for example, of our parish priest, bringing communion in the hospital to a young mother just diagnosed with leukemia, of the community of faith and support that surged up around her and her family.  That kind of tenderness takes my breath away.  Those little things that kind, loving people do without a moment’s hesitation or a single thought of self-congratulation.  We all know people who just thrive in moments of crisis– who always know what to say and, more importantly, what to do to keep things moving, to take care of what needs to get done.

Stumbling across this quote from Fred Rogers today (Mister Rogers was himself a Presbyterian minister, on top of being one of the most dear, kind, and gentle symbols of childhood innocence and curiosity to generations of children), reminded me that even in the face of major disasters like the one that occurred in Haiti this week, even when the world looks unjust and bleak, if we change our focus, if we look for the signs of good, they are all around:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.'”

Way to go, Fred’s mama.  You are so right.  People of Haiti, and people all over the world who are hurting and suffering, we pray and trust that help is on the way.

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