Saving the World
Victoria is a Catholic Navy wife and a new mom. Dahvie is an incarcerated Chicago gang member. They write letters back and forth (you can learn more about it here). In this post, Victoria and Dahvie share about what we personally can do in face of overwhelming tragedy.
Victoria: Ran into this quote today that really struck me: “Bad times, hard times—this is what people are saying; but let us live well and times shall be good. We are the times. Such as we are, such are the times.” (Saint Augustine). It does seem like we’re living in bad times, you just turn on the news for a few minutes and it hits you: everything going on in Syria, the school shooting in San Bernardino, the martyrdom of Coptic Christians in Egypt…it gets to you sometimes.
My husband and I once had a long conversation, for hours, really, about what one person could do when it seems the world is crumbling apart. The first is prayer. Unceasing prayer. The second is love—but a very specific kind of love. I firmly believe that, what with everything going on in the world right now, our call is to fiercely love those around us. We are called to do those difficult things to show our spouses, siblings, children, parents, friends that we love them. We are called to make that apology that we’ve been holding in our heart for so long, or to reach out to those that are lonely and lost around us.
I feel that many complain that “there’s nothing I can do to change all the bad things in the world.” However, there’s a ton of things I can do to change the bad things in my world.
Dahvie: I love this post. I really understand and agree with that quote. Like the sayin its not what happens but how we handle it. If we see a problem somewhere in the world but can’t help it doesn’t mean be discourage, cause if you really pay attention that problem isn’t just happin over there. Something just like it if not the same is happening hear you in which you can help it or fix it.
Your world is inside the world. Something you do can really make a difference in the world. Like Mother Teresa quote: “I alone cannot change the world. But I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." We must remind our loved ones they are important to us…and show them we need them cause the world/life can get crazy and you never know how the next person is feeling.