GUEST COMMENTARY: Would your selfie show you self-absorbed?

2014-06-03T00:00:00Z GUEST COMMENTARY: Would your selfie show you self-absorbed?By Toni Sri nwitimes.com
June 03, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The other day I went to visit a children's home in East Chicago. I've made this trip many times before. With each mile, I noticed more poverty and boarded up buildings.

In the midst of this depressed area, there is a haven of hope, the Carmelite Home. Here children who are removed from dysfunctional homes are placed for interim care.

The sisters welcome these children and try to heal the wounds of their lives.

Many of the wounds cannot be healed. Some may never experience the love of parents or a stable home environment. But for the short time the children are at the Home, they will receive loving care.

The Carmelite sisters have been providing shelter and care to numerous children for 100 years.

In recent years, the children who come to the home have more complex problems. I often wonder what will happen to these children when they leave and go out into the world, many without the support needed to succeed in life. I pray they will remember someone cared for them.

Recently, I picked up a Time magazine featuring the 100 most influential people. There on the cover was Beyonce. She certainly does influence our society with her popular celebrity, provocative outfits and lyrics.

Our society often uses violence and sexuality to promote celebrity. We've become a nation of selfies. We no longer promote respect and the value of human life or the joy of caring for others despite the sacrifice this might entail.

Is it a wonder that our cities are becoming more violent, that many homes are disintegrating and our towns deteriorating? What's happened to us?

We can move away or avoid these areas, but we can't run away from the pervasive moral decay. Money alone isn't going to repair these problems. It will take a recommitment to restore family foundations, spiritual foundations and re-education.

There are people who are making a difference, but they often don't make the headlines, let alone the Twittersphere. They're social workers, teachers, servicemen. They're parents struggling to raise their families. They're volunteers. They may be you.

So I ask you to take a real "selfie" and ask yourself what kind of difference you are making. Are you making a positive difference in someone's life? Would the world look differently if we all did? Would our towns be revived? Would our children know someone really cares?

Toni Sri is a Munster resident. The opinions are the writer's.

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