A Little Bit of Good

Reflection for a New Year, Mary E. Latela ~ January, 2016

One Sunday at Mass, the priest made an announcement. We had always, as Catholics, received the consecrated Communion wafer on the tongue, careful not to touch it with the tongue, or, god forbid our fingers. When he said this, Grandma, leaned over to Mom and asked Che cosa ha detto?”  [What did he say?”] What did he say?” Mom told her that when we took communion we were to extend our hands to receive the host, then place it in our mouth, chew and swallow. Grandma shrugged, then nodded.

IF the priest, who was next to the Christ in importance, told you to do something, there was no discussion. You did what he asked. We were not asked what we thought of this adjustment, though some of the younger ones among us were relieved. Worrying about getting communion bread stuck in your mouth was scary, and we had to consider what would happen if that occurred.

“Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Desmond Tutu

So many people over the years have said to me, “I’m nothing special. I have nothing to give. So Tutu’s reminder is just right. “Do your little bit of good where you are. Don’t minimize the impact of your act of kindness or patience.”

What gifts? Listen to your neighbor who is ill? Bring some soup to a friend. Sit with a child so mom can take a break. Say thank you.

Do something sweet for yourself – a bubble-bath, a run in the park, a manicure, a silent hour. Little bits of good add up and that rainbow haze in the distance – will change your world, will bring you peace and joy!

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