HALLMARK THEOLOGY: One Life Can Make a Difference

[When I was in college seminary, we students sometimes made snide comments about “Hallmark Theology,” which was something easy to understand, syruppy sweet, memorable, and small enough to fit on a greeting card. Now that I am older, wiser, and a lot less cynical, I actually enjoy some hallmark theology. Of course, as with choosing greeting cards, time and care are needed in the selection process. This is yet another nice thought by Anonymous who is sometimes referred to by his first and middle names — Author Unknown. Since we don’t know who wrote it, the message gets all our focus. And, as always, what means nothing to one might speak volumes to another.]

DSC_0524One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room.
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true,
One life can make the difference,
You see, it’s up to you!
-​-Unknown

Photo by Luigi Pagano “Library of the Monastery of Santo Domingo, Lima- Peru” http://www.voxdomini.us

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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2 Responses to HALLMARK THEOLOGY: One Life Can Make a Difference

  1. Catherine says:

    Indeed! One of my favorite movies, “The Power of One”. I warch once a year or so, to remind me of this truth.

  2. Kristen Harrison says:

    I’m not much got Hallmark moments…that is, until they touch me! Nice syrupy poem, Father Paul!

    Miss you but so glad you are in such a welcoming place!

    Peace,
    Kristen

    Sent from my iPhone

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