• Amanda Costello

Letter 2: Be the Light in the Darkness

Dear Little Sister on Fire,

Impact… how do our actions affect the world and those around us? What we are going through today, in this “Corona-Virus” world I think it is an incredible example of how something so tiny can bring the world to its knees… hopefully in prayer.

Covid-19, a virus so small that it cannot be seen by the naked eye, has literally brought the world to a screeching halt. One tiny virus that made its way from only one person to the next then had a ripple effect that, country by country, stopped life as we know it. Now with a global pandemic right in front of us, that has changed our day to day living, I can only think... what am I supposed to be learning from this… how is God using this to make us grow in our faith and Christian service to others?!?!

A thought that has been on my heart for so many days now is how our own actions affect those around us. Even the smallest of things that we may think do not matter, will impact others and their lives. The times you think making a little dig at someone, or gossiping with a friend over coffee, or posting that picture from a party when others weren’t invited won’t really matter… they do… they really do. The ripple effect of the negative words and actions will carry on from one person to the next… and will reach so far that you will not even know the people you end up hurting.

But let us not focus on the negative, let us turn to the positive because the ripple effect does not have to cause hurt, it can cause joy! The same way our negative actions have a ripple effect so do our positive actions! When we do any type of kind deed, no matter the size, we impact others and they will go forward and most likely do the same!

Now as humans, of course we will have negative thoughts and that is ok! Just as we have been quarantined to our homes to stop the spread of the virus, we can quarantine our bad, negative thoughts in different ways to stop the spread of our negative thoughts. This way we are still acknowledging those feelings, expressing those feelings, and then letting go of those feelings. We can journal those thoughts so they are then confined to those pages and do not spread to others, we can share these feelings with our mom, priest, or someone we trust that we know will not go spread the hurtful feelings to others and will give us sound advice on how to overcome the negative, or we can go straight to God through prayer. We must acknowledge our human feelings in a healthy and safe way so that we may move on and grow while saving others from the hurt we could cause.

Let us use this extremely life altering and almost unimaginable circumstance Covid-19 has put us in and use it to shape how we live our lives and ultimately treat others. Let us self-isolate the negative to stop the spread of hate and hurt while making sure to spread the positive so it touches as many people as possible.

As the incredible Saint Pope John Paul II once said, “Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love.” Let us bring our light to the world and overcome hatred with our love.

With so much love and light,

“Big” Sisters on Fire (Mrs. Borchard & Mrs. Costello)

Nothing like a little Sea World & Disney World to spread some love and smiles!

Reflection Activity:

Go to a quiet place. Maybe your room or the garden outside.

Write down or draw your reflection to the following questions. This is something for your eyes only, so be honest!

-How can I isolate my negative thoughts so I still feel I have expressed them but not spread them to others?

-What ways can I spread positivity to others, even if I am not feeling 100% positive myself?

-Which saints or biblical figures can I use as inspiration?

Reflection Scripture:

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119: 130

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