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Lately, I have been reading Viktor Emil Frank’s best-selling book entitled Man’s Search for Meaning. Frank is an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who survived the unmatched evils of the Holocaust. Some particular phrases that stood out to me include for example:

“The best of us didn’t come back”.

“Step by step we get us used to accept an enormous and terrible fear”.

“Once hope is lost, rarely it will be recovered”.

I never understand why it is so complicated for human beings to have compassion towards one another, why is it so complicated to steer clear of evil and instead act with love? Have you watched Tashi and the Monk? This is a documentary about the orphanage Jhamtse Gatsal Children´s Community.

Lobsang Phuntsok is a Buddhist monk who manages this little school. Each day, over eighty children learn that the most important thing in the world is love and compassion. Although they have endured a hard, troubling childhood, this community provides them the opportunity to live a new, abundant life.

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I would like to serve as a volunteer there because I want to help make a difference in the lives of young children. In addition, I think the world would benefit with more communities like this one. If you watch the movie, you can imagine the differences between those children and ours. Do the children have the same hope about the future? What do you think? What can you do?

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love”.

(1 Corinthians 13:13, The Message (MSG) by Eugene H. Peterson)

 

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