The Blind Boy, The Surgeon and The Teddy Bear

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I heard this story during mass and thought it was an excellent story everyone should read.

Article courtesy of God Has All The Money He Needs, But He Could Use Thanks – tribunedigital-orlandosentinel// // //

One of the physicians to whom they had taken their little boy suggested that there was an eye surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital who specialized in precisely the kind of surgery their boy needed.

Boston was a half-continent away and they were poor. The church they attended started the ball rolling by raising money to send them to Massachusetts. Nearby townships in this agricultural community collected and sent contributions.

When the money was raised and all of the preparations completed, the trio packed their bags to go. The boy wanted to include his battered teddy bear, which had an ear chewed off and a missing eye. It had long since ceased being cute, and with stuffing coming out its seams, could only be described as ”ugly.”

Mother tried her best to persuade him to leave his beloved teddy at home, but he insisted: ”No, I need it.” So teddy made the trip as well.

That sensitive surgeon allowed a fearful little boy to clutch his toy bear throughout the multiple examinations that preceded surgery. He was even allowed to take the bear, appropriately clad in O.R. greens, into surgery. It was with him when he awoke from anesthesia. He clutched the bear during the weeks of convalescence.

The day of reckoning came when the bandages were to be removed from the little boy’s eyes. For the first time in his life, he actually saw his little teddy bear. It was a joyous celebration!

On the day of his discharge, the surgeon was there to say goodbye. The little boy held out his teddy bear to the famous doctor and said: ”Here, Doctor, I want to pay you for helping me.”

On the 10th floor of the white building at Massachusetts General, there is a small teddy bear with its ear chewed off, one eye missing and stuffing bursting from its seams.

Beside it on the shelf is a note written by the famous surgeon: ”This is the highest fee I have ever received for professional services rendered.”

One day as he sat teaching in Jerusalem, Jesus made a similar comment regarding an insignificant gift.

People were putting money into the temple treasury. A poor widow came and gave all that she had: two copper coins. When Jesus saw this, he said to his disciples: ”This poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living” (Mark 12:43-44).

How much you give is relatively unimportant. How you give it and with what spirit means everything. God has all the money he needs. What God lacks is your gratitude.

“MERRY NEW YEAR!”, folks!


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Knights of Columbus


When I was around 10 or 11 years old, I would bike and notice an ominous looking building with a crazy symbol on the upper right hand side of the building on my way to and from school. I would never see anyone in the daytime come in or out this building. I would ask people what goes on at this building. I would get the same answer “it’s a men’s club”. 30 years later, I came across this symbol again at daily mass and decided I would check it out.

The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

I am honored to serving the Knights here in my community for the past 3 years as a 2nd degree Knight, newsletter editor and recently Warden for my council. Please take the time to review what the Knights are all about. Below are the order’s principles:


Our Principles

All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:

Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.

Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.

Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.

KofC Council 12240 Newsletter Signup Page


The Pareto Principle

As of November 0f 2013, I have been implementing this principle called the Pareto Principle and it has changed every facet of my life. For example,  every last week of the month, I would reasearch and cram all of the information needed to create my men’s organization monthly newsletter. Now, I simply focus and gather information once a week  on a section of the newsletter.

Knowing this principle gives you great insight into what is really happening in the world around you. As quoted in Richard Koch’s book, the 80/20 Principle:

“The greatest thing about the 80/20 Principle is that you do not need to
wait for everyone else. You can start to practise it in your professional and personal life. You can take your own small fragments of greatest
achievement, happiness and service to others and make them a much larger part of your life. You can multiply your highs and cut out most of your lows. You can identify the mass of irrelevant and low-value activity and begin to shed this worthless skin. You can isolate the parts of your
character, workstyle, lifestyle and relationships that, measured against the time or energy involved, give you value many times greater than the daily grind; and, having isolated them, you can, with no little courage and
determination, multiply them. You can become a better, more useful and
happier human being. And you can help others to do the same.”