Earlier today I came across a quote from St. Francis of Assisi. I really liked it and it’s something that’s related to one of my earlier posts, “An Orientation to Social Welfare.”
“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”
What am I doing to heal wounds? Do I look to be helpful to those who have lost their way? What can I do to unite what has fallen apart? Helping others and being cheerful actually lowers stress both for the initiator and the receiver. Another of St. Francis’ prayers states that it is better to give than to receive. Caring for others invariably winds up being care for ourselves. Economy is strongly connected to community. And community is invariably about care for the other.