How to Heal the World

Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

I heard a story the other day that gives me hope that the world can be healed of its illnesses. And I am looking for hope and hoping for hope. I hope that we will have another occupant in the White House come January.  I hope that a vaccine for Covid-19 comes soon and is effective and people will not be afraid to use it.  I hope that every country can come to the same healing place.

But more importantly than that, I am of the mind to thank God for the healing ahead of time. To thank God for a new moment in our country, to thank God that healing is coming to all of us, not just those who are sick with coronavirus. The world needs healing. It’s a big job, bigger than you or me. The world is ill, and we need to find a way to heal it.

So I’m offering this story that shows us how to put the world back together again.

The World Is A Puzzle

There was a man who had a little boy that he loved very much. Every day after work the man would come home and play with the little boy. He would always spend all his extra time playing with the little boy.

One night, while the man was at work, he realized that he had extra work to do for the evening, and that he wouldn’t be able to play with his little boy. But, he wanted to be able to give the boy something to keep him busy. So, looking around his office, he saw a magazine with a large map of the world on the cover. He got an idea. He removed the map, and then patiently tore it up into small pieces. Then he put all the pieces in his coat pocket.

When he got home, the little boy came running to him and was ready to play. The man explained that he had extra work to do and couldn’t play just now, but he led the little boy into the dining room, and taking out all the pieces of the map, he spread them on the table. He explained that it was a map of the world, and that by the time he could put it back together, his extra work would be finished, and they could both play. Surely this would keep the child busy for hours, he thought.

About half an hour later the boy came to the man and said, “Okay, it’s finished. Can we play now?”
The man was surprised, saying, “That’s impossible. Let’s go see.” And sure enough, there was the picture of the world, all put together, every piece in its place.

The man said, “That’s amazing! How did you do that?” The boy said, “It was simple. On the back of the page was a picture of a man. When I put the man together the whole world fell into place.”  (Gabriel Garcia Marquez).

If we can help to heal one another the whole world will be healed.

Dear God,

We need healing and it’s a big job, bigger than any one of us. We need your help. But we also know that you depend on us to do our part to bring wholeness and healing to each other. Confident that the world can be healed, we thank you for the wholeness you are bringing to us and we thank you for giving us the courage and compassion needed to be part of your healed world.


Posted in Weekly Word

9 responses to “How to Heal the World

  1. Thanks Anne, for reminding me there is Hope for our world and to be grateful for what is coming my way. Also, thanks for the story of the Puzzle. Wouldn’t it be great if all of our puzzles could be figured out if we approached them from the other side. Great thoughts. Thanks

  2. Thanks, Anne, for the wonderful story and the message of HOPE. I will change my prayer for our country and the world. It is important to Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry and tell Jesus, You take care of it.

  3. Thanks for sharing the story, Anne. Something simple can move us to healing, like wearing masks and socially distancing.

  4. I loved your blog!
    So positive, so full of hope!
    I especially like your thanking God ahead of time for the healing for which you are praying!
    I hear that a lot from Evangelical corners; but I don’t think it’s that common in Catholic circles.
    Thanks for modeling that kind of faith and vision!
    Keep me in your prayers. I am having my commitment ceremony on the 21st for the Associates of Peace in Niskayuna, New York.
    Martha Lubitz

  5. It’s so good to see you writing a blog again as I’ve always enjoyed (and hoped for) your inspiring messages and your storytelling style. True to form, your message offers wisdom and insight for the journey. What a wonderful story of healing and love conveyed through your divinely-inspired words! Thanks Sr. Anne

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