“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” St.Francis of Assisi
If you’re of a certain age, you’ll recognize the title from an old folk hymn; we sang it repeatedly at Folk Mass in the 70’s and early 80’s. While the song itself is no longer popular, the message behind it is timeless.
I was contacted to see an inpatient at one of our busiest hospitals. Walking through a hospital is an interesting study in the human condition. Everyone is pre-occupied. Everyone has somewhere urgent to go. Staff hurriedly go about doing important work. Most of the other people look like they’re carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. There’s not much eye contact and even less smiling. A busy hospital corridor is a perfect example of how alone we can be in a crowd. It’s the same on busy streets, packed elevators, the line at the grocery store, even in our own homes.
Yet, in these overflowing but…
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