Saturday, May 25, 2013

Doing Good

During his homily – a daily event where he speaks without prepared comments – at Wednesday Mass in Rome, Pope Francis (above photo) emphasized the importance of "doing good" as a principle that unites all humanity, and a "culture of encounter" to support peace. This is so refreshing – he is saying all who do good are redeemed. Including atheists.

[Pope Francis, born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the 266th pope of the Catholic Church].

Using scripture from the Gospel of Mark, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics explained how upset Jesus' disciples were that someone outside their group was doing good, according to a report from Vatican Radio.

The Pope said: “They complain” because they say, “If he is not one of us, he cannot do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do good.” And Jesus corrects them: “Do not hinder him, he says, let him do good.” The disciples, Pope Francis explains, “were a little intolerant,” closed off by the idea of possessing the truth, convinced that “those who do not have the truth, cannot do good.” “This was wrong . . . Jesus broadens the horizon.” Pope Francis said, “The root of this possibility of doing good – that we all have – is in creation”

On Thursday, I was at PJ’s Wisma IEM to attend the IEM Toastmasters meeting. It was an unusually restrained meeting and verve and vigor had probably fled the room upon seeing me make an entrance. Actually, the truth lies in the fact that there were only thirteen of us and it was an all-male cast. I am not being sexist but methinks, women can add sparkle to a meeting. I took part in Table Topics and I also evaluated an Advanced speech delivered by a MIHRM Toastmaster, Francis Choong. And I was voted Best Table Topics Speaker and Best Evaluator. As for my score for this particular meeting, I can only award a 2.5 over 10 score. It didn’t help that although we started on time, we finished the meeting twenty minutes after the prescribed finishing time.

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