After Mass, the congregation was milling about in the convent courtyard. An acquaintance caught my eye from across the way. We smiled and nodded, and then before I knew it, she had rushed toward me, and there she was, sharing some surprising, sad news about her family. It was difficult and challenging, and of course, I said what one does, sincerely: "Whatever I can do...I'll be praying for you."
Not an isolated incident, of course, as I'm sure is the case with you too. The previous day, another acquaintance had shared a similar story about her own adult child, and as I glanced around at those who'd gathered that morning, I knew that every smile and every hug was offered by a person bearing some sort of pain. We may not know what we mean when we assure another, "Whatever I can do," but rooting whatever we give in love is the only place we can start.
- Amy Welborn
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