One day a wealthy woman walked through the doors of a mission hospital and saw a nun on her hands and knees, scrubbing the floor. The wealthy woman said “You couldn’t pay me enough money to do that.”
The nun said, “Me either.”
If you have ever known someone who has answered a calling, you know this is true. Priests, other clergy, members of religious orders, lay missionaries, sometimes even nurses, teachers and other people who choose to serve, know what it means to answer a calling. Whether the calling is to serve God, or simply to serve humanity, saying yes to that call isn’t easy. One doesn’t usually answer a call like this with visions of becoming rich and famous. A life of service nearly always has inherent sacrifices.
However, the world is unquestionably a better place because of those among us who answer a call to service. With this post I would like to thank the many wonderful people I have encountered in my life who did answer that call. To name but a few, the Reverend J. Marshall Dunn, Sister Carol Gaeke, Father Giles Barreda, Father Francis Hanudel, Father Adam Midor, Father Jacek Labinski, Father Micheal Pucke, Dr. Edna Quinn, the late Dr. Thomas Erskine, Dr. Karen Badros. You have made a difference in my life and I am a better person because of each of you.