Reach Out and Touch Someone

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Reach Out and Touch Someone

You don’t really know how much you can do
until you stand-up and decide to try.
—from the movie, Dave

We can do no great things—only small things with great love.
—Mother Teresa

Isn’t Mother Teresa’s sentiment wonderfully paradoxical? If only we could do “small things with great love,” wouldn’t that be a “great thing?”

Is it even remotely possible for us to make this perceptual/actual transition? Can we do small things in our daily life with great love? And if so, is it possible that these “small things” could begin to thaw and awaken not only our own hearts, but the hearts of others as well—our brothers and sisters in the supermarkets and the ghettos, in the penthouses and the courthouses, everyone in every strange land on this restless blue marble spinning in the lonely black?

Is it possible?

Publius Vergilius Maro thinks it’s possible so long as we think so too. Publius, better know nowadays as Virgil, has found his way into each of these newsletters with his outrageous idea. Imagine, just imagine what it would mean if this statement of his was true:

They can because they think they can.

The application of this vital dynamic in conjunction with the transformative power of unconditional love, might lead us toward a joyous, climactic moment expressed in metaphor by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

Someday… we shall harness for God the energies of Love, then for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

In the Outro/Afterword of issue number one, I asked, “But is the world in need of saving?”

This was not a rhetorical question.

The problems we face can be overwhelming. To turn the tide, it seems, at first, that the answer is to do “great things.” But, if Mother Teresa is right, how can our small contributions with “great love” make any difference when facing the daunting challenges of a world in such great need?

Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
—Edmond Burke


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