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Love is a verb; it calls for action



Opinion Lorie Palmer 983-1200

The decision to act is simple. Just ask 11-year-old Emma Roach.

“I love animals. Why wouldn’t I want to help?” the sixth grader shrugged.

Emma is the organizer of a bake sale set for Jan. 23 that will benefit the proposed Grangeville-based animal shelter, ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation).

Emma didn’t hem or haw or spend months deciding if she wanted to do something; she charged full speed ahead with not only words, but also actions.

This young lady understands – whether she knows it or not – that love is a verb; it calls for action. She loves animals. She wants to help them on a larger level than simply having her own pets. So she is.

Sometimes the world’s problems seem too big to tackle. So let’s just do what Emma is doing and take a few little bites at a time. And remember what the worthy mission of the Monastery of St. Gertrude so amply states: Prayer awakens. Justice compels. Compassion acts.


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