Advent & Handicap

ImageWorld War II in all its 2013-seen glory but not without its ugly gore succeeded because of two handicapped people.

The most two powerful people of the free world were disabled and very much conscious of their frailties.  King George VI of England had a persistent stutter and Franklin Roosevelt had polio.  In a movie capturing the beginnings of World War II, King George is attempting to convince the war-weary president to enter another war.  He stutters and stammers and finally says, “This GD stuttering.”  The president pauses for a moment and then says, “What stuttering?  This GD polio.”

Two influential men who with a pen can send thousands into war’s way show their weakness, either willingly or unintentionally to each other.  Two weak but strong people led us to another victory over totalitarianism in spite of what they thought held them back.  Both feared each other but both needed each other.

Advent.  Admitting to yourself that you cannot always do it alone.  We all put our best faces forward but behind those smiling faces lies disabilities, handicaps and limitations that only show themselves when the need is greatest.

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). Six books on the Catholic church and U.S. culture are available on
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