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Making a difference

Jennifer Burke / Catholic Courier    |    01.15.2019
Category: Our Two Cents


Last week, Deacon Kevin Carges mailed me a copy of his new book, From Darkness Into Light: The Shana Campbell Story. This book chronicles Deacon Kevin’s efforts to help Shana Campbell, a Jamaican teen who persevered despite the overwhelming challenges she faced. I wrote about Shana and Deacon Carges in Courier articles in 2016 and 2017, and Deacon Carges reprinted the 2016 article in his book and recounted how it helped him in his quest to raise enough money to pay for several complex surgeries Shana needed. And inside my copy of the book, Deacon Carges wrote, “Thank you for being a part in all this. You are a blessing in my life.”

Receiving that book in the mail last week made my day. You see, I’m still trying to get used to juggling my dual full-time roles as a journalist and as a mother of four. There are times when all the balls are flying (somewhat) gracefully through the air as they should, and then there are other times when it feels like one (or all) of the balls could come crashing down at any moment.

My youngest is only 5 months old, so I’m still in an adjustment period, and I know I’m far from alone in struggling to find the perfect work-life balance. My point in all this is that when Deacon Carges penned the inscription in the book he sent me, he probably had no idea how grateful I would be to read those words. They helped me to feel appreciated and remember that the work I’m doing makes a difference.

Perhaps more importantly, Deacon Carges’ words also remind me to let others know when they’ve made a difference in my life. A few simple words could make all the difference to them, too.

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Burke is a staff writer for the Catholic CourierShe can be reached at jennifer.burke@catholiccourier.com.

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