I Can ...
by Fr. Jack McArdle with Aneel Aranha
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Hilary Pole was a physical education teacher in an English second-level school. At the age of twenty-seven she was hit with a rare disease that crippled her, and she ended up where her mobility was limited to one sixteenth of an inch of her big toe. A professor in Oxford University devised and designed a special typewriter for her, and she began to practise typing within the limits of her condition. Very soon she was writing poetry, and, strange as it may seem, all her poems had to do with the joy of living. She became known nation-wide, and was awarded an M.B.E. by the Queen for her work. An example of her thinking can be gleaned from the following verse:
You ask me if I'm sad or bored,
Or if my life it is abhorred.
And I tell I am not;
That I can now accept my lot.
I remind your sadly shaking head,
It's by body, not my mind, in bed.
Do you truly believe that you can do all things through Christ Jesus? If you do, let nothing stop you from achieving the things you want to achieve.
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