Christ in Chicago
Reflections from St. Juliana Parishioners
July 30, 2017
We sing “Go Make a Difference” often at Saint Juliana Parish at the end of Mass. Sometimes I wonder
what those words really mean and what are we supposed to do about them.
Being a longtime member of the Parish, I think about all the people from Saint Juliana who have
impacted my faith life along my own journey. Some have been memorable, others not as much, but all
have made a difference in my life.
I believe that God speaks to us and is present to us through others. Certainly my family, those
who taught and inspired me toward a career in teaching, those friends who provided a helping hand or
prayed for me when I needed a prayer – all those have given me a clearer look at God’s face. Reflecting
on all these people has made me grateful for those experiences of meeting God through those around me.
So, I think when we sing “Go Make a Difference”, maybe the difference we make is not
necessarily something big or grandiose, or even planned. But often we can make a difference in small
ways and sometimes without even knowing we may have done so.
Making a difference can mean ordinary kind and loving acts. It may also be just our quiet
presence or being a listening ear. We need to be open to all the possibilities. The encounters we share
with one another can help us strengthen our own faith and help us to recognize our blessing and gifts from
Anyone of any age or circumstance can make a difference. Let us ask God for the grace to
experience Jesus and make a difference in the world. Pray and be open to your own possibilities.
Kathleen Barton is the retired principal of St. Juliana School and a life-long member of St. Juliana