Share - Summer 2017 - 14
ur faith as Catholic Daughters is put into perspective
as we see the size of a mustard seed. We often look
at things and ask, "Is it possible?" The mustard
seed gives us an image of growing trees, shrubs, flowers
and plants that provide us a powerful insight into how the
quietness of our faith grows among us and within us.
At our State Conventions, we were all reminded as
Catholic Daughters that we have grown together in our
faith through our actions of love and compassion towards
others. That is the mustard seed taking firm roots in our
lives. We are on a wonderful journey, but sometimes we are
confronted with situations that are difficult for us to accept
such as different habits, cultures, beliefs, or individual's
lifestyles. All of a sudden our journey is faced with turmoil.
Maybe God places those individuals before us to help us
see ourselves as part of a greater whole created by God.
Like all parables, the purpose of the Mustard Seed
Parable is to teach a "big idea," which is growing in faith.
Here is a little different story about growing in faith while
at the same time growing in tolerance. This is a true story
about a court in WV. They decided to do a simple but
meaningful project called "Pay It Forward." It basically was
to do an act of kindness randomly out in the community.
Spreading their love and kindness took a different twist as
they reported back to the organizers. One CDA member was
in line at the drug store getting her own prescriptions when
she noticed a young tattooed man with long stringy hair
and a long straggly beard standing in front of her. There
seemed to be a problem with his medication. He said that
he did not have enough money. Before the CDA member
heard him say that, she was thinking to herself, "I bet he
is trying to get some narcotics, and they won't give it to
him." The clerk said, "You are only short $10.00." CDA
member again thought to herself, "It is 'Pay It Forward,' but
really God!" The young man walked away. The CDA member
stepped up asked the clerk, "Is he trying to get narcotics?"
She responded quickly with, "No way; he has cancer and
cannot get one of his cancer drugs." The CDA member ran
after the young man and gave him the money to get the
medication he needed. I believe that CDA member's life has
SHARE * SUMMER 2017
Carol M. Bogacz
Quality of Life Chairman
changed forever. She learned a lesson of understanding
and tolerance. Other stories from other members came
pouring in to the organizers about stepping out of their
comfort zones and feeling surprised and better about
themselves. It became the first experience of working to
increase their tolerance for many. Their ultimate goal was
and still to change the world one act of kindness at a time.
Are we as Catholic Daughters making everyone welcome
at our meetings, in our parishes, and in our communities?
For many the Catholic Daughters are the face of the Catholic
Church. We need to take that extra step as Pope Francis
said, "What do I do to make the Church a community where
everyone feels welcome and understood, everyone feels
mercy and love of God who renews life?"
If we as Catholic Daughters can be tolerant and put forth
the effort to incorporate these small things in our daily lives
and remind others to do the same, what a better world we
would live in!
* If you see a child acting out of sorts and the parents seem to
be struggling with the youngster, extend or offer a helping
hand, or extend a friendly gesture like a comforting smile.
* If you see an individual physically laboring to enter a
building or a room, hold open the door, move into the
center of the pew, or help in any way possible.
* If you see an individual displaying unusual behavior
understand that it may be a sign of a disability. Embrace
the individual as a child of God, and realize that every one
of us has different ways of receiving and communicating
* If you see an individual who is lacking neatness or
cleanliness, consider that he/she might be in need of
assistance. Act with compassion.
* Some individuals may have difficulty in getting through
the Liturgy in its entirety. Offer transportation. It may
open a door. Offer acceptance and understanding. A
smile, a hug or some small act of kindness can make all
"Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these
least of my brothers, you did for me." Matthew 25: 40