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A Messiah Appears


Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan 1888
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Many years ago, a husband and wife rejoiced at the birth of a baby girl, until tests proved the infant deaf, dumb and blind.  From joy, the feelings of the parents of baby Helen Keller turned to ones of unhealthy pity and inadequacy.  As the girl grew, her fits of rage increased in violence and frequency, with no one on the scene able to restrain her.

One day, the messiah, the savior of the youngster, appeared in the person of a young, strong-willed teacher, Annie Sullivan by name.  From the start, Annie accepted no outbursts of temper or irresponsible actions from Helen, knowing the little girl possessed unused powers of intelligence and self-discipline.  Through the use of the girl’s hands and fingers, Annie showed her how to receive messages from outside herself and to discover the beauty of the “world out there.”

Almost overnight, throwing off the chains of deafness and blindness, Helen blossomed into a bright flower of disciplined intelligence.

Perhaps, someone, even you, the reader of these lines, or I, the writer, might be lashing out at the world in undisciplined ways.  With pent up feelings of exasperation, the disturbed person cries out a rebellious challenge to life, throwing off the accepted ways of a responsible life style.

Out of the shadows steps the Messiah, the Savior, Jesus of Nazareth, to offer rescue from this dreary way of living, knowing well the potential for greatness in the person.  The Lord wants to take the hands, a symbol of the whole being of the man or woman, and make impressions on them in His own remarkable way, enabling the troubled one to see and hear the world of God and its indescribable glory.

The hands of Helen Keller in the grasp of her messiah, Annie Sullivan, became the passageway from death to life, from darkness and despair to a gloriously successful career.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

August 25, 2012 - Posted by | Bulletins

1 Comment »

  1. Hi to you, my dear friend Father George! Thank you so much for the Mass that you offered for my eye surgery. How nice of you and so very thoughtful. And, now, reading this beautiful post about Helen Keller. It was very thought-provoking. Yes, Helen was so full of rage because of all the pent up frustration in her. I think so many people have this, especially kids. I observe these young kids “commuting” on the ferry to go to daycare while their parents go to work and they (especially at the end of the day) they are just so hungry for their mother’s or father’s love and attention and the parents are too tired to offer it so the child acts out. What is really sad is that the parents feel they both have to work yet, they are traveling on vacations and buying expensive bikes and other things. They think they need 2 incomes but it is only to keep up their “childless” lifestyle. But what they don’t see is that their lifestyle is so hectic and all suffer for it just do they can continue to get away from it all. Anyway, you have the best way with words and I love reading your blog! I am praying for you often. Love you,

    Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | August 26, 2012 | Reply


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