‘Ordinary’ People Doing Extraordinary Things

This morning we were thrilled to learn that one of our oblates is to receive a City of Sanctuary award for her work with refugees. I don’t (yet) have permission to name her, and as she is very modest and self-deprecating I shall not presume, but she is a wonderful example of how ‘ordinary’ people — ordinary in their own estimation, that is — can do extraordinary things. We tend to think of the extraordinary in terms of Guinness-Book-of-Records-style achievements The kind of work being celebrated by the City of Sanctuary organization is less spectacular but requires no less patience and perseverance than performing daredevil feats. To be truly concerned for one’s neighbour, to battle officialdom and bureaucracy on behalf of another, to be a friend to the stranger and alien, and to do so without losing heart or giving up, these are great qualities. More than that, they are inspiring qualities. This morning we rejoice in the knowledge that one of our oblates has taught us all something invaluable and in doing so has made the world a better place. Thank you, and thank God.

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5 thoughts on “‘Ordinary’ People Doing Extraordinary Things”

  1. Thank God indeed for the work of people like your oblate and all those helping others for the love of God and neighbour rather than for recognition or reward.

    Thanks to you too for reminding us of the unheralded good that is done quietly and privately, while the news of wicked deeds echoes loudly through the media.

  2. Your anonymous oblate is an heroine deserving of praise and recognition of her good works for our Lord and neighbours. A true Christian. Thank you dear Sister Catherine for drawing our attention to her love for others in this world of violence, abuse and hatred. God bless both of you. Peace and love be with you now and forever xx.

  3. Congratulations to the oblate!

    We’re all doing little (and sometimes big) amazing things each day, but everyone deserves recognition now and again. 🙂

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