Face of love for me that day

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

Sir — Tommy Tier­nan’s ar­ti­cle (LIFE, Sun­day In­de­pen­dent, Oc­to­ber 1) re­minded me of an en­counter I had last week. I was buzzing around my lo­cal su­per­mar­ket. The last item on my list was un­salted but­ter; no sign of it any­where.

I asked a nearby staff mem­ber who found it for me.

He was all chat, which ir­ri­tated me. I was fly­ing tightly wound. Couldn’t he see I was in a hurry?

When I came to my senses, I could see he was dis­abled. I chat­ted po­litely then got on with my busi­ness.

When I needed as­sis­tance to carry my gro­ceries to the car, it was he who was called to help me.

He was so at­ten­tive and pa­tient, hold­ing the trol­ley while I put my shop­ping in the boot, that I found my­self slow­ing down and calm­ing down. I spent time with him and was the bet­ter of meet­ing him. He was the face of love for me that day. Thank you.

As Tommy pointed out, it’s not with the win­ners and achiev­ers (the nines out of 10s), that real brother­hood is found, but of­ten with the out­siders, those who can’t keep up.

Tommy, like Je­sus, is coun­ter­cul­tural and rev­o­lu­tion­ary. “God blesses those who are poor and re­alise their need for him, for the King­dom of Heaven is theirs.”

Tommy, you are a zero out of 10 — be­yond all! Mary Burke, Tip­per­ary to Ruth Dud­ley Ed­wards and par­tic­u­larly Eoghan Har­ris, who reg­u­larly iden­tify RTE’s con­tin­ued in­clu­sion of Sinn Fein in TV and ra­dio pro­grammes and dis­cus­sions. Barry Con­nolly, Fer­moy, Co Cork

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