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As a society we admire and laud those
people who help other s the most. We
want our children to aspire to be like the
ordinary people who give of their time
and resources to help other s . Pope Fr ancis
has spent most of his first year as Pontiff
encouraging people to help those less
for tunate than themselves. When times
are tough for people we know and care
about, the first thing we want to do is help
them. So to be called " very helpful" by
one of my children turned out to be one
of those special moments in my life. It just
took me a few days to realise it!
In her novel A Life for A Life (1859), English
novelist and poet, Dinah Cr aik, summed
comfor t and a help.
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfor t
of feeling safe with a per son, having neither
to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but
pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff
and grain together, certain that a faithful
hand will take and sift them, keep what is
worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness
blow the rest away.
Wishing all mothers a very happy
Mother's Day. May each of you find
the wonder in the ordinary words and
moments of your lives.
SEASONS OF GRACE
During Catholic Schools Week my
children's school had open classrooms. I
went to my younger daughter's classroom
fir st and enjoyed her unbridled enthusiasm
and pride in her work and mar velled at
how far she has
come since she
moved into Year 1.
I then visited my
star ted to look
excellent work. I
was enjoying this
in her imagination
and creativity when we
her workbooks where she had
dr awn pictures of and written about her
She had written that her Dad was
"awesome", her sister, "the best sister in
the world", her little brother was "really
funny" and her dog "great fun". I then got
to me and she had written that I was "
I read her descriptions out loud saying,
"So Dad is awesome, Matilda is the best,
Caleb is really funny, Zeke is fun and I am
helpful? " As she tried to brush it off, turn
the page, point to an ar t work across the
room, her friend sitting at the nex t desk
(obviously used to massaging his own
mother's fr agile ego) piped up with, "It
says very helpful."
'Very helpful' is a perfectly lovely and
obser vant description, but it would have
been better if I had seen it in isolation. In
terms of adjectives, even our dog rated
more highly than I did !
I under stand why she wrote this.
As a Mum I'm not often the
fun one. I am the nagger,
the rule setter, the one
who says "no" the most.
I am on their case,
hurrying them along,
venting my fr ustr ation. I
don't have much time to
just hang out with them
and play. I need to make
At first I was a little stung that I was
not the "awesome" one (even though,
in fair ness, their Dad is an awesome
father). In the days that followed I
thought about this a lot (and laughed in
appreciation at her friend's clever retort
to my faux horror). I eventually came to
the conclusion that being nominated the
"helpful" per son in the family was actually
the greatest compliment of all.
To help is to make it easier or possible
for someone to do something by offering
your self or your own gifts. My daughter
recognises the effor t I put in to make her
life as wonder ful as it can be. She can see
that I help her ever y day, mostly in all the
necessary ways, but also in those special,
one-off ways as well.
and laud those
people who help
"HELPFUL IS THE
NICEST WORD OF ALL"
Bishop Bill invites you to atte
7.45pm, Thursday 29 May - St Peter's Anglican Church
47 William Street, East Maitland
nd the All
Tri Diocesan Covenant
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