I enjoy stories about regular folks who do amazing things to help others.
Like Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale who opened up his furniture stores last year to provide shelter for Houstonians displaced by Hurricane Harvey. And now he’s planning to turn half of his larger stores into a full-time community center.
But it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture that affects hundreds of people. High schooler Rusty Schimmel found his life’s career of helping others from a conversation with someone where he was lifeguarding one summer.
We all have the capacity to help others. Even if it’s just a friendly smile.
Or a compliment to brighten someone’s day.
Or comforting someone who is suffering.
God wants us to love one another as he loves us … to look out for each other and help one another.
This week’s resources provide ways in which we can find opportunities to help others … along with some inspiring examples.
So we can do more of His work.
Think about the possibilities if we all made a sincere daily commitment, no matter how small, to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us. Here are five simple ways to make a difference in our lives and the lives of those around us.
To serve God is to serve others and is the greatest form of charity: the pure love of Christ. This list gives 15 ways in which we can serve God by serving others.
It’s not easy being generous. Often our natural inclination is to hoard everything we have, whether it be our possessions or time. Yet, God challenges us to be generous as he is generous. To increase our generosity, it’s appropriate to ask God to grant us this gift.
On last Friday’s Feast of St. Matthew, Father Steve Grunow explained that vocation is not simply about what one “does” with one’s life; it is about what God’s will is for a person. To refuse one’s vocation is to lose the purpose of one’s life! That is the challenge of our time.
Mary’s witness of standing beneath the cross of her Son teaches Catholics how to be close to those around them who are suffering, the pope said at Mass Monday in Latvia.
The company is going to transform its larger stores: About half the footprint will remain a retail shop selling furniture, while the other half will become a community center where Houstonians can gather and find resources, McIngvale announced. He envisions these centers as gathering places where people can better themselves.
Our seemingly ordinary words and actions can have lasting impact on another person’s life. Rusty Schimmel benefitted from someone who took a genuine interest in what he was doing, and took the time and effort to offer feedback. Little did she realize that just a few minutes of her time would lead to decades of growth and opportunity.
The man needed help with his razor so he could shave, but Officer Carlson went one step further …
Catholic Extension has launched a new social media campaign called #WhyImCatholic to offer “hope and unity” for Catholics by inviting them to share their positive stories about faith and community “during this difficult chapter in the Church.”
Do you ever have problems paying attention during Mass? I think we all do every now and then! Fr. Paul-Michael Piega of the Diocese of Austin has some great tips for avoiding distractions during Mass.
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