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Helping Others on the Journey

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” So wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, in a quote that might make some people uncomfortable. Our happiness should come from being useful to others, from making a difference in the world, from serving God well. Even those who can't "do" are extremely "useful" because their neediness causes others to grow in virtue by caring for them. We are not islands unto ourselves. We are members of the Body of Christ and so must assist one another. That's something we do until we die. May we do it well.

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