Welcome to Daily SPARC – each weekday our chaplains, friends from the Penn Religious Communities Council and other voices from campus will be posting messages of support and encouragement.

Today’s message is from our University Chaplain Chaz Howard:

Permission Granted
We are human.
And with that assignment comes a full range of emotions.
Some we use more than others.
And for many of us
for a range of reasons
as if we are not allowed to
sadness or joy.
By the authority vested in me
I want to give you permission to feel both.
Even in the same day.
Permission granted to cry.
Permission granted to laugh.