How to Live with Tragedy

Thursday, November 14, 2013

This week is just like any other week.

Only, it's not. 

As Anne said, ten thousand people - even more - have been swept away by waters beyond control - away from family, away from land. Away from life.

Parents and children and relatives and friends. Human beings who breathe and smile and raise their eyes to the sun just like we do. Who didn't have a chance because the waves were too high  - and because where do you run when you're on an island surrounded on all sides? 

People are gone. Swept away like autumn leaves in a breeze. And our world still goes on.

We wake up each morning, put on our happy music, order our Starbucks, study and laugh with friends, go to the movies, make plans for the weekend, talk to loved ones on the phone, sleep in a warm bed, safe + secure. 

November is a month of thanks. But why are we only grateful in the midst of tragedy of other people? Why don't we walk every day with  our feet kissing the earth with living thanks

It's hard. Our lives are so busy with work and school. It's easy - to get caught up in only what happens to + affects our world.

But the world isn't made of typed facts on printed paper delivering the news.

 It's made up of living, breathing people. 

Like your baby brother, your aging grandmother, your mom, your best friend. If they were possibly lost, missing. gone...

You'd cry out, take a stand, scour the world, raise funds, pray, hope. 

We need to do all of that for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines. Because all those people? They're someone's baby brother, aging grandmother, mom, best friend.

Human beings are amazing in their ability to serve and care for complete strangers. And if we're truly trying to make this world a better place, to live out a life of love as Christians, to give thanks, then we need to pour out that service + care. 

If I can afford a drink from Starbucks, a pair of new boots, or a much I can give, even if it's a little, to help a survivor or contribute to search + rescue aid. 

This week is just like any other. But we can make it so much more than that.


Please, please consider donating to the Philippines relief fund
While many have donated, the UNICEF and the Red Cross have nowhere near the necessary amount to help the enormous and widespread effects of Typhoon Haiyan. We have so much to be grateful why not be grateful that we can spare enough to donate something? Even if it is just a few dollars, or $15, or $25, every penny counts. Every penny is used towards saving a child, grandmother, mother, best friend.

 Please also keep the victims of this natural disaster in your prayers for safety and healing. 


  1. Thank you for all the prayers!
    Such an insightful piece, hope that more people are more aware of the issue. God bless!

    1. You are more than welcome, Inya! Thank you so much for commenting - hopefully more and more people are realizing how dire the situation is. God bless you too!

  2. Hi, I stumbled across your blog because I'm an avid fan of The Catholic Young Woman blog. I'm from the Philippines... and I just want to say THANK YOU for caring, for your prayers, and for this blog post. What a blessing you are! Thank you! ~from a stranger, but a sister Catholic *hug*

    1. Hi, thank you so much for commenting! I'm so glad to hear you're a reader of CYW and that you found my blog. :) You are very welcome - it is truly the least I can do! Lifting all of you up in prayers! <3