“All it takes is one good person to restore hope.” Pope Francis, Laudato Si
When a classroom discussion is not going well, just one student stepping-up can make the margin of difference. Sometimes a student comes through, sometimes not.
We don’t always think of ourselves as responsible for how things go in the broader community.
This is somewhat understandable. An individual is not responsible for the weaknesses and failures of the whole community. We are only directly responsible for doing our part.
Yet often we forget how important our part is.
These words of Francis struck me. One good person doing his part is not enough to restore the whole to good order. But it is enough to restore hope.
When one oarsman rows well, it stands as a witness to how to row, and that rowing is worthwhile. Even if others are using their oars to play games, or to hit each other.
If one good person can restore hope, consider the power of one good household. Rowing together.
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