The Example of Veronica
A Simple, Unassuming Act of Kindness and Compassion
According to tradition, Veronica approached Jesus as he was carrying the cross and offered to wipe the sweat and blood from his face, which was likely covered in dirt and sweat after the long journey.
A Model Caregiver
Veronica showed Jesus kindness and compassion at a time when he was suffering and in need of comfort. While others watched the struggle and pain Jesus was experiencing, Veronica stepped forward, into his path, and selflessly cared for him, showing no concern for what others might be thinking or what actions could be taken against her. Veronica's only focus was in providing a small act of comfort during a difficult and trying time.
Imagine the scene. Imagine the onlookers.
Veronica's actions model caregiver-like qualities, affirming the graces found in compassion, empathy, and a desire to help those in need.
How You, Like Veronica, Make a Difference
Do you see your caregiving in the story of Veronica? Can you find the common threads of your personal actions of compassion and empathy in caring for your loved one to the ones Veronica demonstrated for Jesus?
Veronica made a difference by role modeling the importance of showing kindness and concern for those who are suffering or in need. Isn't that what you do when you are caring for your loved one? I believe it is!
A Lesson - Miracles Can Come from Caring.
The story of Veronica encourages us in our efforts to help and serve others. Her story reminds us of the power in small acts of care and concern to bring comfort and healing to others, witnessing the divine...God...intervening in everyday life.
Have you considered the possibility that, through your actions of caring, through the love you freely give, that God is working through you? That you ...like Veronica...are bringing positive change and hope to the lives of those not only for whom you care, but for the onlookers who see you...see you caring for another?
An image of Jesus' face is said to have been miraculously imprinted on the cloth that Veronica used to wipe the face of Jesus, and it became known as the "Veil of Veronica" or the "Veronica". From a simple act, God's grace makes it possible to see miracles in the smallest of actions and what can come from caring.
Deb Kelsey-Davis is Co-Founder of Nourish for Caregivers and actively cares for her 88 y/o mother. In 2022, she experienced the loss of her 96 y/o father, for whom she had cared for over 10 years. Deb considers caregiving one of the most challenging and rewarding roles of her lifetime, which only through the grace of God is she able to be nourished, empowered and find the blessings in her journey.