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I’m sitting here by the fire, eating my Bran Flakes and flax, staring across the lake into a completely white abyss. It’s still snowing and it’s just beautiful to look at…but I’m glad I’m inside!

One of my sixteen year old students from last year recently responded to a blog that I wrote on January 28th, entitled, “A Missed Opportunity”. Katie gave me permission to quote her on my blog. I thought you would appreciate her insightful comments.

“I have been reading your blog, actually.. I was just reading what you wrote yesterday about “a missed opportunity”. I found myself thinking the same thing yesterday as we went skating at Nathan Philips Square with the rest of the school. As we were walking there, there was this mass of jackets and assorted clothes with a pair of feet with socks on them sticking out at the intersection. All of us walked by and stopped at the light and we were whispering and looking at each other.. but once the light turned green we kept going. It was the same thing going back. I found myself wondering, should we have done something? And now that I think about it, it was absolutely freezing yesterday. A couple hours outside and my fingers and toes were hurting though I had a winter jacket on and everything. I bought tea from Tim’s just so I could hold the cup and bring some feeling back into my fingers.

What’s our reasoning for not helping? Sometimes I think we’re too comfortable and just kind of think in the back of our minds “it’s not relevant to me, so it’s not an immediate problem”.

You talked about how the woman you saw looked like “her circumstances were hopeless and empty”. When … 200 kids from a Christian school walk by you with their headphones in their ears, texting on their iPhones, gushing about how there’s a Starbucks with their overpriced coffee at the corner and going to have a good time skating with each other… it’s hard not to feel hopeless.”

Piercing, isn’t it?

I came across this anonymous quote yesterday – it seems so fitting.

“It’s no good to sit up and take notice if we just keep on sitting.”

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  1. Debbie Walsh

    God Bless Katie – her honest awareness and courage to ask the questions of compassion and integrity will be a profound reflection of the presence of Our Lord in our midst. Keep shining your light Katie!
    This weekends Gospel in our lectionary – Matthew 5

    “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
    14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

  2. Coco

    I’m touched. I remembered when I was in Grade 5, I was walking with one of my cousins. We just came back from the park and we both saw a homeless woman was trying to collect some empty bottles on the sidewalk. I picked up an empty bottle right in front of me and passed it to her. She smiled and said, thank you. I was relatively happy because I felt like I made someone happy. However, my cousin got mad at me, she said, “you are not supposed to help those [homeless] people because you never know what diseases they have.” I was shocked…and I got very angry of how she was so unreasonable. My mom told me to help people since I was young, and suddenly, someone told me that I did wrong because I just picked up an empty bottle and gave it to a person on the street. We, when young, are told not to talk to/help strangers… this bad root has already planted in most kids’ minds…

    To answer the question of why we always come across the situation of helping others and most of the time, we choose not to, I think our society tells people to keep their own business, do not talk and/or help strangers on the street, which is promotes by the media. People are afraid of getting “hurt” by strangers because there is not enough trust…

    Jesus tells us to give the in-need a hand, but our society depends on the belief that “someone is going to hurt me” so heavily. This is really sad.

  3. Linda

    I accompanied a friend to an appointment downtown one afternoon and there was a man standing in front of the hospital asking for change. I ignored him and continued walking, but my friend stopped, searched her purse for a few dollars and handed the man the money. His face just lit up and he had the most beautiful blue eyes. He humbly said, “God bless you ma’am.” Then my friend said, “God bless you too.” He was so sincere and kind. Won’t it be great to see how God blessed him? We have so much to give and yet we hold back a dollar or two from someone who is so poor because….?

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