Love where you live!
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?