As we begin the month of November we have so much to look forward to and to be thankful for. Just a few days ago we elected our new mayor Eric Adams whose tasks include repairing the city’s economy, fixing the educational system, reducing crime, increasing funding to emergency food programs and, most importantly, bringing communities together. All herculean tasks, but DOABLE. I’m excited for this time of change and hope!
I saw another sign of hope while watching the funeral of General Colin Powell. The event was a powerful reminder of what one person can do in life and in death. General Powell’s life is a testament to the powerful influence he played in politics. Countless dignitaries spoke about the man he was — his courage, his love for his country, his belief that anyone can dream and achieve that dream. They spoke of his humble beginnings, his rise to the pinnacle of success and above all, how he could bring people from both parties together to solve problems and better the world. Time after time commentators praised him for the the role model he was and will continue to be in years to come. Another sign of hope!
As we begin preparations for the holidays, we are acutely aware that so many of our guests are still struggling. Rising costs of food, housing, child care and basic medical expenses continue to be stumbling blocks to real recovery. My hope is that the recently passed Infrastructure Bill and the Build Back Better bill will help provide long term recovery for all of us.
As we say goodbye to Colin Powell and welcome Eric Adams, I can’t help but think of the quote from Edward Counsel, “hope is the beacon which points to prosperity.” Here’s hoping that the recovery process will lead us all to a new sense of prosperity.
In gratitude for each of you and your continued support of Bread and Life,
Sr. Caroline Tweedy, RSM