Throughout our lives, we have different heroes and heroines. When we are teenagers, pop singers and movie stars are a big part of our waking hours. We like their songs or we like the talent they demonstrate on screen. Later in life we may put aside these stars but still like their music and films.
They give us inspiration, courage, zeal and perseverance for life. They exercise wisdom in our lives, even when their advice is not followed. Deep within us we know these people want the best for us. They remain important and significant for us. At different times as we continue to mature we know how important these persons are to us. Recently, a former student shared how much a teacher meant to her. She was without a job and her husband had left her with two small children. The need for income to raise her family was urgent. By listening, the teacher drew from her what she could teach - Biology, English and Music. A position in school came vacant and her career as a teacher was born. "You saved my life, " said the former stuent to the teacher.
Another person, who is or can be a hero in our life, is Jesus. He is the person, who waits for us while we develop and mature, who welcomes us when we turn and recognize that something has been missing in our lives; who loves each of us with an unconditional love. Unconditional love. You know how we say it: "She is my friend I will do anything for her. " We really mean this and we remain friends not only in school but also throughout our adult life. Jesus is even better than your best friend. He is there for you in good and difficult times. He comforts you when you are sad. He gives us a clear path--Love one another as I have loved you. Jesus gives us happiness and joy that never ends. Jesus is a steadfast friend. Jesus can be your hero, today and tomorrow.
Sister Jeanne Houlihan