An Emperor on Goodwill

“Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.” Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180, was considered the last of the Five Good Emperors* and revered as one of the most…

A Theologian on Goodwill

One of my great-aunts told me one time that she could forgive, but she could not forget.   She was true to her word – her memory served her faithfully until the day she died.  But I have always wondered, if the strategy for forgive, but not forget brought closure to unresolved resentment. Lewis Smedes, a…

A Renaissance Scholar on Goodwill

Petrarch, known in Italian as Francesco Petrarca, was an Italian scholar and poet that lived in the 1300’s.  Considered one of the earliest humanists, his sonnets were deeply admired and emulated throughout Europe during the Renaissance period.   He believed that peace was achievable, if we overcame the five enemies that kept us from demonstrating goodwill…

An Actor’s Goodwill

“I am for people. I can’t help it.” Charlie Chaplin Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, born April 16, 1889, was the most famous film star in the world before the end of WWI and one of the most influential personalities of the silent-film era.  Most remember him by his celebrated role as the tramp.   Less…

A Nun’s Goodwill

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” Mother Teresa   I heard about Sister Ludmila before I knew about Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Paul Scott’s novel, “The Jewel in the Crown” written in 1966 and set in 1942 Mayapore, a fictional city in an unnamed British province of India, was my…

A President’s Goodwill

Franklin Delano Roosevelt or FDR was the 32nd President of the United States (1933 -1945) and the only one elected to more than two terms.  His theme song during his 1932 election campaign was “Happy Days Are Here Again,” a sharp contrast to the worldwide economic depression that was currently in full force. As I…