Look for the Light

When we look at the world around us, it can be too much sadness and pain to handle. But here’s the good news: there is good news! If headlines about the economy, pandemic, and politics are weighing you down, step away for a while and spend some time focusing on the good in the world.

Msgr. Stuart Swetland has been starting Go Ask Your FatherTM with a good news story every day. He brings to light the best of humanity—the ways people are coming together or reaching out amidst the health crisis our world is facing. “In every good story there are heroes and villains … and I think the heroes way outnumber the villains at this time. So many people are doing so many wonderful things,” he said.

Here are some of the stories he has shared:

Kristen, a Relevant Radio listener, sent a story about a parish school in Philadelphia with a phenomenal and beloved principal. A huge line of cars passed by the school with signs, streamers, and honking horns to surprise and honor their principal who had been working hard to keep the school running while the students were home. She cried with joy at the sight of her students, who she said she misses very much.

A small town in Kansas—near where Msgr. Swetland lives—is doing their part to help ease the financial burden of the residents who live there. Knowing that many are struggling as the country’s economy has grinded to a halt, Gardner has picked up the tab for every citizen’s electric bill for the month of March. With everyone staying at home, electric bills are even higher than usual. It’s a small act of kindness that can make a big difference for those in need.

An anonymous donor in Earlham, Iowa, mailed a gift card to every single resident in town. As many have been laid off or furloughed, it’s been a struggle to pay the bills. The generous benefactor worked with the mayor to ensure that every resident received $150 in gift cards in their mailbox to help pay for food. The surprise gift not only helped people get food on the table, it also supported the local grocery store and restaurants where the gift cards were purchased.

Want more good news? Tune in to Go Ask Your Father weekdays at noon CT for your good news story of the day!

Lindsey is a wife, mother, and contributing author at Relevant Radio. She holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lindsey enjoys writing, baking, and liturgical living with her young family.