"The man whose heart was hardened by wealth went to Rabbi Eisig. The Rabbi said to him: ''Look out of the window, and tell me what you see in the street.' 'I see people walking up and down .' Then he gave him a looking glass: 'Look in this and tell me what you see.' The man replied: 'I see myself.' 'So you do not see others anymore? Consider that the window and the mirror are both made of glass; but, since the mirror has a coating of silver, you only see yourself in it, while you can see others through the transparent glass of the window. I am very sorry to have to compare you to these two kinds of glass. When you were poor, you saw others and had compassion on them; but being covered with wealth, you see only yourself. It would be much the best thing for you to scrape off the silver coating so that you can again see other people.'"
- Jean de Menasce
Visited mom at therapy today as I do every day. Mom's roommate is an elderly lady named Martha. Martha's husband, also a veteran, died many years ago and is buried in Baldwinville. As mom and I talk, I always include Martha in the conversation. Perhaps because I can appreciate the pain of feeling excluded or left out. The three of us kid and joke and it's obvious that this brings her joy - her face lights up and radiates happiness. I offer to get Martha a cup of coffee or cocoa when I get mom one.
These are little things. But the difference we can make in a person's life is something we will never fully appreciate in this one, only in eternity.
"By this will men know that you are My disciples. That you have love for one another."