“When you’re a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life, or a life will touch yours” (Anonymous). May 12, the birth date of Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of modern nursing, is International Nurses Day. Many of us have experience of receiving care from a nurse. For most, it was hopefully a good experience, a time of being cared for physically, mentally, spiritually, or emotionally, when we really needed it. For a few, sadly, the care may have fallen short of the mark. Whatever the experience, it’s surely the case that we remember how the nurse’s life touched our own for better or worse. It’s also a reminder that daily we all touch the lives of others. Our impact may be significant or minor, but every single interaction offers us a sacred opportunity. Let’s resolve to make each encounter a moment for sharing the Gospel message of love with another human being.
By Karen Rose, OSB