It happened in Spokane, Washington during
the 100 meters race in the Special
One of the contestants (Down syndrome)
on the asphalt, tumbled over, and began
cry. Five continued running, wanting
the first spot and the gold medal.
turned back and helped the boy to get
Then, hand in hand they run the rest
race, arriving obviously last.
They lost the medal but they won something
more precious. What matters in life,
is not just winning. This fierce spirit
competition that has been well ingrained
in our character may well be unbalanced.
Success at all costs is not the ultimate
goal in life. Faithfulness is.
God assigned to every single one of
mission. No one arrived on earth accidentally.
There is a mystery behind every birth.
mystery of election and choice that
of good sense! John Henry Newman, the
Anglican converted to Catholicism,
"God has created me to do Him
service; He has committed some work
which He has not committed to another.
have a mission. I am a link in a chain,
bond of connection between persons…
I am I can never be thrown away. If
in sickness, my sickness will serve
in perplexity, my perplexity will serve
if I am in sorrow, my sorrow will serve
He does nothing in vain; He knows what
And not only God gave us a precise
to accomplish here on earth, but He
gave us the tools to do a good job.
one of us He gave a different tool
may seem that in life some have more
others. But the truth is that everyone
exactly and exclusively what he/she
to work the assignment given by God.
sick in bed can save as many souls
famed missionary who treks half the
in search of souls.
But there is more to it. God not only
each one of us a specific mission and
the gadgets we need to do a good job,
He also gives us the extra push we
accomplish it. This is where many times
evil one tries to put a damper on things.
He makes us believe that when life
tough, we are on our own. 'God is not
to pay your mortgage.' 'God can do
in front of the infidelity of your
'God cannot pull your son out of drugs.'
'What can God do with my character?'
Many times we feel paralyzed. God perhaps
was powerful yesterday but can He be
today?! This is where reality can kick
Reality is that Jesus Christ has promised
that He wants to lend a hand in what
A team acquires immense potentialities
a star player joins the team. Wayne
is considered in Canada the world's
powerful player in hockey. Mike Jordan
a remarkable force in basketball; in
career he had a regular-season scoring
of 30.12 points per game, the highest
NBA history. The Brazilian Pele is
name in soccer. Just imagine if Jesus
the star player in the game of life,
with you. You can beat any adversary.
knows all the tricks. He never gets
He is always full of Spirit. He is
composed and unruffled! It is easy
with a player like Jesus Christ enrolled
in your team!
Omar Ibargoyen may not be a familiar
to many. But he is one of the persons
made a difference in the lives of many.
lawyer from a leading Uruguayan family,
decided to leave his profession and
himself to put together a musical show
Gente que Avanza that toured all around
giving hope to many. "Of course,
was criticized a lot," says Jeanette
his wife. "His family and friends
he was crazy. But he was a man of conviction
and if he thought something was right,
would move him from that."
As the cancer that ended his life spread
from his intestines to the liver and
to his lungs, he had the audacity to
this message to his family, "Let
abandon ourselves in the arms of God,
that His plan for each one of us is
the best, although at the moment we
understand it. This acceptance has
me the peace and strength necessary
each day and deepen my faith and gratitude
for life… that continues forever. Whatever
happens, I know that everything will
The prophet Isaiah is right, "He
power to the faint and strengthens
Betty Maione of Ottawa Canada has a number
of ailments that cause her to be in constant
pain. However she never lets self-pity -
that self-indulgent belief that makes you
think that your life is harder than everyone
else's - gulp her down. When asked, "How
are you feeling, Betty?" her answer
invariably is, "Ooh, I have my good
days and my bad days, but when I have my
good days, I feel terrrrific!"!
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