Sr. Mary Lou Kownacki, osbby Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but a beautiful response to the Newtown, tragedy that I read about has me rethinking the idea. It was reported that in Altoona, PA a woman returned to her car after holiday shopping and found a Christmas card under her windshield. When she opened it, she found $10 and this message: “How do you fight evil in the world? You fight it with good. This act of kindness is in memory of a child who lost his or her life yesterday. Make the world a better place. Do good and Merry Christmas.”

Then I read about Ann Curry’s idea that we do 26 acts of kindness in memory of the 26 killed in Newtown.…

And this reminded me that all MOH members and communities—as part of their membership commitment–are invited to adopt a good work. (See Good Works page.) Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Monasteries of the Heart made a New Year’s commitment to do random acts of goodness throughout the year in memory of the Newtown, CT. children. It doesn’t have to be a monetary act—a note to someone, a prayer, a gift of your time are three of endless possibilities. This is a “good work” accessible to all that can have quite a ripple effect, especially if you leave a note telling the recipient why you are doing it. Somehow that simple act honors the Newtown innocents in a meaningful way…

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