donate

Earthblog

A Real-World Joomla! Template

 
What Can One Person Do? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Monday, 01 October 2007 06:45
I love this.

The story (via the New York Times) of the obscure mid-level government official (Eduardo Arias) in Panama who read a label on a toothpaste container last May and then patiently spent a day off walking (he doesn't own a car) from health department to health department attempting to report that the toothpaste contained poison.

And in so doing set off a hunt for poisoned toothpaste that reverberated across 6 continents, reached all the way to China and saved who knows how many lives.

Fr. Michael Sweeney (my former partner in crime before Mr. Mike joined us) told me of once witnessing this exchange between a young college student and Dorothy Day. The young woman asked Dorothy "but what can one person do?". To which Day responded with some asperity:

"What is it that you lack? You are young, free, educated, healthy. Just what is it that you lack?

I've talked to so many western Christians who feel helpless to make a difference outside their own little circle. We are the freeist, wealthiest, most privileged people with access to the most remarkable technology in a globalized world and we are still asking "What can one person do?"

Sometimes this question can just be a way to blow off our larger responsibilities as lay apostles. But sometimes, it is because we truly believe that we are powerless because we have only heard the stories of people who do small things with small impact. That being obscure is the same thing as being powerless.

In fact, I've noticed that Catholics sometimes prefer the stories of small things. I recently overheard a man observe that he was uncomfortable with the stories of creative lay apostles being featured every week in his parish's bulletin. Stories of ordinary Catholics engaged in prison ministry or going on short term mission trips or working in creative ways with the homeless or unemployed. Why can't they talk about things that most Catholic can identify with, he asked, like smiling at someone or maybe bringing them a casserole?

Because my friend, we can smile at someone and tackle the transformation of human structures and cultures. We can do small things with great love and large things with great love at the same time. Indeed, you can't do large things with great fruitfulness unless you attend to the small things as well.

Because we are exceptionally privileged lay apostles called by Christ, as part of the overall mission of evangelization, to transform the cultures and structures of the world so that they nourish all that is fully human.

Because "a little butterfly in Panama beat her wings and created a storm in China.”
 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Order From Our Store

RSS

Blog
10698-scenes-from-the-life-of-mary-magdal-giotto-di-bondone
siting sundries http://joves.cat/trobada/wp-content/plugins/akismet/noticia353.php
carrots cheap viagra read wrought cuisine If your destination is on the Northeast Corridor, this isn't a big deal (departures are every hour) but in other parts of the country the next train may not be until tomorrow. If your reservations involved sleeper accommodations (Amtrak's First Class on their long-distance overnight trains) on either your late-arriving train or your missed connection, you will get a hotel voucher for the unplanned overnight stay. Customer Service will commonly offer travel vouchers of $100 or more off future Amtrak travel to inconvenienced passengers. This is true for all classes of service. If you plan to board an Amtrak train at a location other than the train's initial place of departure, it's usually a good idea to call ahead before you leave for the station to see if the train is running on time. A major Amtrak line in regular daily use by Americans is the Acela Express line, running between Boston and Washington, D. Financial and managerial accounting principles. Basic accounting statements, processes, and management applications. Open to all students. Crocodyliform systematics and diversity, with the description of new taxa from the Cretaceous of Texas. PhD dissertation, Geological Sciences, Southern Methodist University. Digital paleoart: reconstruction and restoration from laser-scanned fossils. MS thesis, Drexel University, 228 p. She tends to spend her evenings sleeping at friends' houses. Although she appears close to her brother, I know she sees and is influenced him. She gets no reward, but the son gets free cable, food, sleeping until noon and no curfew. I don't see any change and am now having to make the hard decisions for my own life, which don't include any of the ongoing drama. My BF and I both agree that his son could not move into my home (which would ultimately be our home), so I am left to wait. Ever hopeful, he solicited funding for renewing his plans for a conquest of Mexico, but was rebuffed. Spanish Florida or British possessions in the Caribbean. After returning from Europe, Burr used the surname "Edwards," his mother's maiden name, stendra for a while to avoid creditors. With help from old friends Samuel Swartwout and Matthew L. Burr was able to return to New York and his law practice..
viagra 50mg 100mg
viagra 50mg price
viagra 50mg pills
buy cialis 10mg
buy cialis 5mg online