Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Charity and Innocence

what do you think of when you picture a child? 
white dresses? flowers? ducks?
It saddens me that helping others has become a form of childishness. I was telling my friend a story about Frassati. Pier Giorgio Frassati was born into one of the richest families in Italy. He got put up for sainthood by JP2. Thats not the point of this story though, the point is how he lived his life. 
One night in Berlin, with the temperature at twelve degrees below zero, he gave his overcoat to a poor old man shivering with cold. His father scolded him, and he replied simply and matter-of-factly: "But you see, Papa, it was cold."
My friend said it was so innocent, with a negative connotation. my question to her, and all of you is how did putting others in need before ourselves become a negative thing? 

i've been looking into volunteer vacations. don't get me wrong- i love having fun and partying in other places just as much as the next person, but what if i could also help someone? i could build someone a house, or help teach a kid to read.... 
i think i'm just starting to realize the potential i have to help the world.
the friend i was arguing with believes that only people elected into office can help the world, and it is a valid point, i mean, they do have huge potential. I however, side with Mother Teresa: 
"do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person"

1 comment:

♥cherry. le. fait. said...

i was feeling completely selfish today for some silly reasons until i read this. speaking of which, can that be considered a way to be "childish" too?