Acts of kindness

There are acts of kindness that seem to be so powerful that they attach themselves to our souls.At points of grief or distress I still remember the acts of personal kindness that made such a difference.When my sister died a friend drove four hundred miles to attend her funeral.When Jack Murphy died I received a daily note from a parishioner in Westfield for months who had a sense of how devastated I was. These and so many other moments reinforce the sense of service to others especially in their hours of greatest need.Each of us at this very moment may know someone that is caught in the grips of grief or personal loss and any act of kindness may be the difference in their beginning to heal. Loss, especially the death of a loved ones is an ongoing burden but it becomes a little lighter when we know that someone understands our pain and reaches out to help.

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