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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What Good Is It For A Man to Gain the Empire State Building...

"...but lose his soul."  Those were the words of Detective Steven McDonald at the Catholic League demonstration last week.  As you know, the reason for the rally was to protest the fact that the owner of the building wouldn't turn on the lights for Mother Teresa as he has done for so many religious and secular figures in the past.  Some of those who had the lights turned on in their honor include the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Simpsons.

While some of the speakers from the secular world were a bit vitriolic in their speech against the owner of the building, Detective McDonald captured the true spirit of the day in expressing the sorrow of those who love and honor Mother Teresa that she would not be recognized.  As you may know, Detective McDonald was shot in Central Park about 20 years in the line of duty.  He was paralyzed in the incident and has been a tireless advocate ever since for peace and forgiveness.  In spite of his reliance on a motorized wheelchair and a respirator, this tireless hero goes to parishes and schools to speak of the importance of forgiveness.

Below is a short clip of the evening's events, including Steven McDonald's speech.  The young people in attendance are from Chaminade, Kellenberg and Sacred Heart high schools on Long Island.  These schools maintain student chapters of the Catholic League and are quite an inspiration and encouragement to the rest of us.

(The video is a little bouncy. Sorry about that...first time with a new Flip camera. But it captures the feel of the event.)

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