What Do You See on People's Foreheads?

Today I learned that a man I really, really liked  "got his wings" on September 22, 2013.  His name was Rev. John E. Naus, S.J., a Jesuit priest who served the Marquette University community for nearly  50 years.  He was 89 years old.

What I loved about him--and mind you this was a man I never met in person, only by my cards were we connected-- was his humble and simple joy. That sounds corny, but often real things are corny.  Loyalty.  Kindness.  Hopefulness.  Just ordinary traits that no one should ever take for granted and indeed, seem occasionally to be in far too short supply.  Each year he sent out Christmas in July cards along with a letter full of memories and highlights from the past year. He also included little bitty cards with great sayings on them.  I used to share them at work.  My favorite, and one that is still on the telephone here at Lifesighs, says,  "Find out what you love to do, and you'll never have to work another day in your life. "

In today's letter to Fr. Naus's far away friends like me, was the  following:

"We each have our own special memories of Father Naus.  One recurring theme that's been shared the past few days has been his suggestion to imagine everyone with "Make me feel important" written on their foreheads.  Father Naus certainly made each of us feel that way."

Ever since I read that this morning, I can't help but wonder what would happen if I followed Fr. Naus's suggestion and imagined seeing  "Make me feel important " on every person's forehead? 

What kind of a world would it be if we all did?

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Comment by David Stanley on October 16, 2013 at 11:54am

Jim, considering all things regarding you I think I will Leave It. We really dont need you you see.

Comment by chris shea on October 16, 2013 at 11:21am

As I did earlier, after I published my pure-hearted piece on looking upon others with kindness, I will again publish your comments because the last thing I want to have happen is you thinking your words have been censored.  I think your comments are ridiculous.  

Comment by Batman on October 16, 2013 at 11:04am

Chris, I know you and the entire neighborhood would just shower me with acceptance if,,, I were to accept homosexuality and abortion, and a few other things. Nope, my forehead doesn't say "make me feel important". It says "what you see is what you get, take it or leave it".

Comment by Michael Cargill on October 15, 2013 at 5:38pm


Comment by chris shea on October 15, 2013 at 9:48am
I also wonder how the guileless thoughts of my beloved friend Fr. Naus could possibly be twisted into where they seem to have gotten entangled, but it is the eye of the beholder I presume.
I don't think I need my President or Speaker drawn into the dialogue, but I very much appreciate David's comments. And I say this with a grateful smile.
Life is about loving your neighbor as yourself. And while that can seem to be impossibly difficult
that is my goal as it was Fr. Naus's.
Comment by David Stanley on October 15, 2013 at 9:39am

Pretty lame try for a come back, Jim. None of what you have expounded on is applicable to the subject. Until now, no one made any reference to thugs, dictators or, for that matter presidents. And, I saw NO reference to pastors or rabbis. Try again, mate. Try to assuage yourself through sticking to the subject. Dont do an obama or harry reid on us here. And they call ME a curmudgeon!

Comment by Batman on October 14, 2013 at 9:59pm

Now that I have your attention allow me to make a point. Seeking acceptance or a sense of importance from other humans is not always a good idea. A mafia boss knows exactly how to make his henchmen feel important, very important, and they will do whatever he wants to retian his acceptance. The same holds true for street gangs, political dictators, abusive husbands and criminals of all types. A feeling of importance should come from a higher authority, actually only one higher authority. A pastor or rabbi should understand this. Or, to quote an unknown philosopher of decades back: "Don't worry about what humans think, because most don't".

Comment by Michael Cargill on October 14, 2013 at 8:49pm

Mister Batman or Jim or whoever you are, why are you so harsh? Don't you have any love inside you?

Comment by chris shea on October 14, 2013 at 9:24am
Well said, David Stanley!
Comment by David Stanley on October 14, 2013 at 9:19am

Jim, its pretty sad, incredibly sad, when one looks at the faces of people every day and only sees, "Sucker" and "666". As days go by I sometimes feel overwhelmed with the incompetence, ineptness and corruption I see in government and I feel the irrepressible need to say something about it. Having said it I feel somewhat relieved, whether anyone agrees with me or not. I find outlets for my frustrations and releases as well. I paint, play music, I love my wife, my wee dog and generally live my life. I meet people and enjoy them. Unless a person is an utter ass I can generally have a fine time with them. I do not tolerate fools nor do I attempt to cut a swath of discontent or intolerance. Having said this, however, when a person says they consider most people "suckers" and purport to actually see "evil" in them, I question that person's perceptions. Can a person actually be so mired in self loathing and live within such a dark and hateful place? Come on out, Jim. Really look at people, see the sky, smell the fragrances around you, touch the flowers, listen to children laugh. Some people do genuinely fall into your categories I fear but most, like Chris, like myself, love it out here in the open, seeing bright faces with nothing more than hope and eagerness and care on their foreheads.

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