I have a question for all of you.
Who is someone in your life (this EXCLUDES parents & siblings) who really helped you in your faith? Was it a minister, a priest, a teacher? What did they do that brought you closer to God?
I'll start out and tell the person who had a positive influence on me. I'll say at the outset that we all know of the situation where some priests have abused young people. I never experienced that growing up. We had a few priests (because I lived in a rural area and the priests' existence at our parish was very lonely) that suffered alcoholism, but that's about it as far as negatives. I had a lot of priests who helped, who did not dwell too much on the "fire and brimstone" themes or negative themes that clerics sometimes do.
Fr. John was someone who helped me. He helped me with my prayer life. He emphasized and instilled upon me how important it is to pray at the beginning and end of each day (yes, you should pray at other times as well). He led some good discussions relating to heaven/hell; he gave a stirring talk on Good Friday. He did a lot of things right.
The last thing he did was very notable. While he was our priest, he developed and then died of mouth cancer. He smoked a pipe and cancer ran in his family. He had a jawbone removed and suffered much pain. But he kept doing masses; he kept working as a priest. He didn't stop until he needed to be hospitalized. It must have been tough to go through cancer and keep working.
I know there's some here that also suffer cancer. I actually had prostate cancer 7 yrs ago but am happily in remission.
But anyway, think about someone (outside your family) who really had a positive impact on you and your faith. Please share in this post.
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