In Good Company Winter 2017
December 13, 2017
A word from our Chief Executive
The Little Company of Mary Sisters began a tradition years ago in Chicago, which spread to California. In between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a special celebration called the Feast of Thanks is held. Our cafeteria is transformed into a beautiful, welcoming place where the leadership team serves a free festive meal for lunch, dinner, and a midnight supper to our physicians, caregivers, and visitors. There are carolers from local schools that provide musical entertainment and caregivers that share their singing skills. The busy hospital does not slow, but we take a moment to gather to share memories of gratitude and to offer thanks for the blessings in our lives.
Every physician and caregiver has stories to share about the joys and sorrows of their chosen work. Each patient and visitor has stories of their life experiences, health, and healing. These stories affirm who we are, and allow us to experience the similarities between ourselves and others, real or imagined. Stories help us make meaning of our lives.
This issue of In Good Company features inspiring stories from the voices of our community and our healing ministries. Since the days of the shaman, oral storytelling was a tradition to meet the human need of wanting to be part of a shared history.
Good stories have the power to transform our perceptions of the world.
In this season of gratitude, it is fitting to tell the stories that remind us of our interdependence on one another. As Jesus was born alone in a manger on Christmas Day, each of us has been born alone, but we know we are not alone for long. Soon Jesus was surrounded by not only his parents, but the shepherds, wise men, angels, and animals. Each of us today is surrounded by loved ones and those who ease our way during difficult times like a life crisis or hospitalization.
May God fill your heart with gratitude for the grace* in your lives and may these shared stories open your heart to transformation this holiday season.
*Grace: An unmerited blessing received because we are loved by God.
Mary Kingston RN, FACHE
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers San Pedro and Torrance
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