One of my childhood neighbors died this week. Faye was only 47 years old. She had been battling a brain tumor for the past three years.
I don’t like these things.
- Why does one person get cancer and another doesn’t?
- Why is one person born into wealth and another into poverty?
- Why does a car accident destroy one life but another person walks away?
I wish bad things didn’t happen to anybody.
I listened yesterday to Pope Francis’s TED Talk (yes, Pope Francis did a TED talk!). He addresses the “why them and not me” question.
“As I meet, or lend an ear to those who are sick, to the migrants who face terrible hardships in search of a brighter future, to prison inmates who carry a hell of pain inside their hearts, and to those, many of them young, who cannot find a job, I often find myself wondering: ‘Why them and not me?’
I, myself, was born in a family of migrants; my father, my grandparents, like many other Italians, left for Argentina and met the fate of those who are left with nothing. I could have very well ended up among today’s “discarded” people.
And that’s why I always ask myself, deep in my heart: “Why them and not me?”
He says these questions remind us that we all need other people. No one goes alone. Everything is connected.
Each person matters.
“Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the other is not a statistic or a number. The other has a face. The ‘you’ is always a real presence, a person to take care of.”
Despite sickness and heartaches and disasters, our presence in each other’s lives gives us reason to hope and move forward.
Faye was a real presence. Her light will be missed, especially by her son and her parents and her sister and her nieces.
But Faye will never be forgotten.
“Each and every one of us is irreplaceable in the eyes of God. Through the darkness of today’s conflicts, each and every one of us can become a bright candle, a reminder that light will overcome darkness, and never the other way around.”
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Last week I told you about Joe. Yesterday I was shocked to hear that Joe had been taken to the hospital, fighting for his life. Please pray.
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