What are your thoughts about Father Val’s donation as well as organ donation in general? Have you stated your intent to be an organ donor on the back of your driver’s license? Why or why not? Do you know anyone who has donated organs or received organ transplants?
I try to get my guard up high when reading inspirational stories. For those of us in ministry or non-profit work, heart-warming stories are the usual means for recruiting volunteers and soliciting financial support. We don’t lie about our work, but we might overzealously pluck a heartstring or two.
David Water’s telling of Monsignor Handwerker’s selfless act quickly got past my guard and struck me square on the soul.
I often say that you can tell what someone really believes by examining what they do with their time and money. Monsignor Handwerker has taken that truism to a more exalted level. You can tell what someone really believes by examining what they do with their physical bodies.
His faithfulness has all the marks of God. His decision was born in prayer. It met the deep need of another. It required him to endure pain. There was risk involved. There was the possibility of failure.
His obedience brought glory to his God and his faith. It stirred others, myself included, to reflect on the possibility of organ donation–or other sacrificial acts.
Thank you, Monsignor, for demonstrating the power of sacrifice and courage. Thank you for reminding us what it looks like to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.