Spirituality of Care at SMAD

It doesn’t have to cost a penny to care, a little kindness expresses much of it

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As the world gets too busy with something considered to have value, it also forgets that something known to be essential for the world to survive and for life to continue, CARE. There are tons of reasons to care. Those that pay off a lot, especially to well-being.

 "Only if we understand, will we care; Only if we care will we help; Only if we help shall be saved." (Jane Goodall)

Noticeably, human nature would only tend to aim, direct, or go for something when a goal to achieve, an aspiration to reach, a lesson to take, a need to satisfy, or even just an emotion to handle or maybe enkindle at a certain point or moment is being understood.

UNDERSTAND

Having to pay attention to detail is an idea of care. According to Google, care is serious attention or consideration applied to doing something correctly or avoiding damage or risk. When heard or said, it is an idea that will surely ring a bell but may hang around in the vast space of the brain. It probably did not penetrate the heart for lack of understanding.

    Caring is intrinsically nurturing. In an article entitled, From Empathy to Caring: Defining the Ideal Approach to a Healing Relationship by Saul J. Weiner* and Simon Auster, caring was highlighted as nurturance, not labor. It is enriching rather than depleting. It is grounded in a deep desire to nurture others, as identified by Titmus in a study of blood donation and blood banking patterns worldwide. The findings of that study led Titmus to speak of altruism as the "biological need to help." [31]

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     Start by Being Brave Enough to Care. Sr. Emelinda Falsis, F.I. has enlightened this idea of care in her sharing on March 19, 2021. She started her view by citing a TEDTalk by Cleo Wade, which in the same delight stressed that "If you want to change the world, start it with yourself." Become intimate with generosity. Give what you can give and do what you can do. Be good to as many people as possible. There is that presence of connectivity that needs nurturing. There is a need to help. 


HELP

Our biological need to help complements the balance of nature as all things are connected, depicted in the song of Joey Ayala and Bayang, which bears the title itself, and surely science would agree to that as it deals with life cycle and relationship.

     Sr. Emelinda Falsis, F.I. has elaborated the reasons behind caring and helping in the perspective of Mission based on the constitution of Hijas de Jesus. The need to do things with great care has then surfaced. 

     Do things with great care, prudence, and humility in words. As a Christian community that belongs to the Hijas de Jesus family, everyone is encouraged to love and serve God our Lord and do good works. This is to serve and love others with fraternal charity. To teach in true love and devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, one can find protection and example.  

     Take great care of the cleanness of the soul and the right intention. One should seek not her own interests but those of Jesus Christ and work with true self-abnegation in discharging what has been entrusted by obedience. This manner is to desire nothing else except the glory of God and the good of souls.

SAVE

When we help, we save. "Pope Francis has spoken of the need for an open heart that gives birth to an open world, and this at a time when so many hearts and doors and borders are closed," Archbishop Coleridge said, reflecting on the 40,000-word letter that translated means' Brothers and Sisters All'.

     We exist only through relationships, and everything is related. The church is a home with open doors because she is a mother.It goes out instead of coming in. It is to encounter people. Sr. Emelinda Falsis, F.I. made clear that the "spirituality of care" invites us to take on an alternative way. We are called to the restoration creation, invited to reconciliation and healing of relationships, and impelled to be hospitable, responsible in the use of goods, and to change attitudes that affect our lifestyle.

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     We must remember that without the other, we are nothing. Inspired by the words of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis argues that a more just and fraternal world can only be built if we rethink our relationships — both personal and between nations. "Love shatters the chains that keep us isolated and separate; in their place, it builds bridges," said the pontiff in his third encyclical, "Fratelli tutti."

     The remedies against selfishness and individualism are "fraternity" and "social friendship," a form of love to be lived not only in words but also in the facts of everyday life. For this to occur, it is necessary to recognize that "we are all in the same boat," that the Earth is "our common home," and that only by solving the problems of others will our own problems be simplified. 

PRACTICE

As we all know, exercising makes a habit. It gives an avenue to grow in understanding and familiarising an action. It simply means learning by doing. It is about understanding your subject and refining your style or process of doing or attaining your goal. 

     The need for a culture of care and dialogue is recognized to heal global problems to address diversity and conflict. Pope Francis said, "Racism is a virus that quickly mutates and, instead of disappearing, goes into hiding and lurks in waiting. (para 97)

     Practice gratitude. Consider cultivating gratitude, Sr. Emelinda Falsis, F.I. accentuated. It is shown to improve mental health, renew energy and hope, and encourage self-improvement.

     Start to care. It is undeniably true that we are living in a symbiotic world. We need each other. As Cleo Wade in her TEDTalk said, "We all know that we can't do everything, but we can do something."

     Do self-care. Our care for other people must not neglect that one person we will know our entire lives: ourselves. This perspective is of "Cura Personalis." Care of self is integral to the desire to practice care for other people. It is because we cannot give what we do not have. "An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly."

During this crisis, we are invited to open spaces in our hearts for the ever-greater God, listen to the God of surprises, and allow this God to lead us out of our comfort zones, greater freedom, greater service, and deeper joy. After all, care is well expressed in kindness. 

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