- Posted by Lin Wilder
- On June 14, 2013
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- blessing, catholicism, catholocism, christian, happiness, healing, sacred
It didn’t take me very long to understand as a brand new Christian that the tiny acts of heroism we Christians are required to commit each day-each minute, if we’re serious, that is, are, in their own way, much tougher than one glorious and final act of martyrdom and complete abandonment.
I thought about this as I sat waiting for Jon, the mechanic I trust implicitly, to apply his magic and once again, restore my aging SUV to a safe drive.
When I walked into the waiting room, I was relieved because there was no one else there; I could therefore turn off the television and revel in the silence, guilt-free.
But after only 5, at most, 10 minutes, an older couple came in to sit heavily on opposite sides of the sofa adjacent to mine. The man immediately closed his eyes while his wife sighed, repeatedly, staring morosely at the vacant screen or maybe at the floor.
With that thought in mind: “tiny acts of heroism,” I smiled at the woman and asked, “Would you like me to turn on the television for you?”
She did not, but for the next 90 minutes, did share with me the highlights of her move from Texas to Nevada, her complete and total hatred for this place, her various allergies and illnesses which have been exacerbated by this dreadful move which was made so that she and her husband could live near their Marine son, stationed at the Pickel Meadow Mountain Warfare Training Center in the high Sierra Mountains.
Pope Paul once said that he believed that his duty was to pray for each person whom God put into his life and I have prayed for this dreadfully unhappy woman and her long-suffering husband.
And I do so again as I write.
But I wonder, as I have so many times in my life, why I have been so deeply, profoundly blessed with the gift of happiness amidst a sea of so many souls who see and taste only misery, only sadness, only scarcity.
Perhaps willingness of a stranger to listen helped in some small way…tiny acts of heroism.