by Mary Toline, Notre Dame Associate
Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
This reminds me of a person that I have known for years. When I got sick myself, and decided to retire, I heard that she had been diagnosed with cancer. I told her that I would be happy to take her to some of her chemo appointments. She is married but her husband is ill himself and not able to drive her. Then they found she had a different cancer in her colon and had to have that removed and will now have another type of chemo. I thought that I would be helping out and cheering her up. But what I have found is that she has this positive attitude and she is always cheering me and others up. She is always up beat and always going out and helping people. She goes to the nursing homes to say hello to people. If she hears that someone is ill she will stop and see if they need something. She gave an angel to everyone that has driven her to appointments. One just can’t stay ahead of her. Her children all live in different states and have come to help but with their work can’t stay long. She is a light that draws people to her.
I am hoping and praying that she isn’t suffering but one would never know if she is. She has showed me that it just isn’t worth it to set around and complain. I see that a person feels better if they help others and is doing this through our heavenly Father.