Random Acts of Kindness

Kat Canfield

I heard two wonderful stories of random acts of kindness by humans. Sometimes, we humans really do nice things, but no one ever remembers the good things, only the bad.
The first random act of kindness came to a young waitress. She was worried about paying her next tuition payment, her student loans, and graduating from nursing school. A customer casually asked her about school so a conversation began. The customer felt the need to pay forward a random act of kindness; gave her a tip that completely paid her student loans off, and allowed her to finish her schooling. God Bless you, Sir, how wonderful for your generosity.
The second was also a waitress. She was working three jobs to support herself as well as care for abused animals. In the course of conversation with several customers, she mentioned one of her dogs was having emergency surgery that day…

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Pope Offers Israel Gestures of Reconciliation


A day after pleasing Palestinians by calling attention to their incipient statehood and praying at the concrete barrier that symbolizes Israel’s occupation of their land, Pope Francis made a concerted effort to engage Israelis on Monday.

The pontiff prayed at the Wailing Wall, laid a wreath on the grave of the founding father of Zionism, and spoke movingly at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum where he kissed the hands of Israeli Jews who survived the Nazi regime.

Francis also gamely accommodated a request from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who after seeing the Pope stop to pray in Bethlehem at the separation barrier that divides Israel from Palestinian territory, asked the pontiff to add a stop to his schedule in Jerusalem: A memorial to victims of terror attacks, which Netanyahu pointed out was the reason the barrier was put up.

The result was a photo of Francis bending to the terror…

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