Our Neighbor

Some of you may know that I am a former member of the Sisters of St Joseph of Boston. In the beginning, when the congregation was founded, The Sisters of St. Joseph were known as the "Congregation of the Great Love of God." This love is at the heart of Jesus' teaching as he notes the greatest of commandments to be, "love the Lord your God with all your heart" and "love your neighbor as yourself."

I was drawn to this group of women. I felt this in the Core of my being that we are all connected by love to each other. When my neighbor is in trouble or in pain, it impacts me. For example, On Thursday at work, after the presidential address, it all changed. My colleagues, who had been very peaceful and content, suddenly were anxious and frightened. We were informed that changes were needed in our process with patients. I felt their anxiety and fear in my energy center. I found myself become anxious and fearful, as well. This wasn't planned, and yet I experienced this. We are all connected. So many people have been impacted by Covid 19. It has affected the workplace, schools, nursing homes, and, goodness me, grocery stores. People have become frightened by the message. We often fear what we do not know or cannot see. A few weeks ago, our media had us all engaged 24/7 on the Presidential Election.

The Media is now focused on this virus. We are brilliant, educated, and logical as a group of people, instead of focusing on the fear-based news try to find the good reflected at this moment. We are in the midst of a transformative moment. Today is all we have. At this moment, there is an opportunity to grow in love and compassion. How? I can offer a gesture of kindness and concern to my neighbor. We are all in this together. How will you provide the understanding and hope to your neighbor this week? I will leave you with this video from an Italian village in Italy. We are so connected to each other.

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