Loading
Recovering from accident, Fr. Groeschel says "we all have something to do for God"
Recovering from accident, Fr. Groeschel says "we all have something to do for God"

.- Over the weekend, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, who is recovering from a car accident that took place on January 11 in Florida, wrote a message to people praying  for him stressing his conviction that everyone has been called to do something for God.

Father Groeschel, director of the Office of Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York, and founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal –a congregation pursuing radical poverty, evangelization  and pro-life witness- had both legs,  both arms and several ribs broken, when he was hit by a car while crossing the street.

He also sustained intracranial bleeding and suffered a heart attack, among other injuries. At the time, the priest's secretary said that it would "take a miracle" for the 70 year old priest to survive.

Fr. Groeschel wrote the following letter dated May 28:

“Having narrowly escaped death in three distinct medical situations, all  related to the accident, in which the doctors had practically given up hope,  I can say something that I think everyone needs to think about.

All of a  sudden it dawns on me that God wants me to be here. I never thought much  about that before, but I have to think about it now because otherwise I’d be in my grave.

People tell me that God sent me back because I had something to do for Him.  But we all have something to do for Him. You and I exist out of an immense  number of potential beings who might have been created, but who were not, so that God could be glorified and that we could do His will.

You have  something to do, which has never been given to anyone else, you may not know  what it is in this world, but you will find out what it is in the next.

The  way to do the best is to try to follow God’s commandments to live faithfully  by the message of the Gospel, to carry the cross and to trust that when your  work is done He will call you home to His heavenly kingdom. That is our  great hope. I do not understand how people can go through life without that  hope.

Let us continue to pray for each other!

Fr. Benedict.”


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Aug
22

Liturgical Calendar

August 22, 2014

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 22:34-40

Gospel
Date
08/22/14
08/19/14
08/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ezek 37: 1-14
Gospel:: Mt 22: 34-40

Saint of the Day

Queenship of Mary »

Saint
Date
08/19/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 22:34-40

Homily
Date
08/22/14
08/19/14
08/18/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: