|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 5||Issue 216|
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DO NOT NEGLECT THE LESS GIFTED FOR THE MORE GIFTED
Coach Wooden gave a list of ten rules to the Coaches who worked his basketball camps.
Rule #4 was: Show great patience and do not expect too much too soon.
Rule #5 was: Do not neglect the less gifted for the more gifted.
André Bessette was born in Quebec in 1845. He was the eighth of 12 children (four of whom died in infancy). He was so frail when he was born that he was baptized "conditionally" completing an emergency ritual performed at his birth.
When Andre was nine years old his father Isaac, a lumberman, lost his life in an accident, crushed by a falling tree. His mother found herself widowed at the age of forty with ten children in her care. She died of tuberculosis within three years, and Andre found himself orphaned at the age of twelve.
The pastor of his parish presented Andre to the Congregation of Holy Cross in Montreal. He was rejected by the order because of frail health. The Archbishop of Montreal intervened on his behalf, and in 1872, Andre was accepted.
Because he was less gifted, Brother André was given limited duties: doorman, sacristan, laundry worker and messenger.
On his many visits to the sick in their homes, Brother Andre would rub the sick person lightly with oil taken from a lamp burning in the college chapel and recommend them in prayer to St. Joseph. People claimed that they had been cured through the prayers of the good Brother and Saint Joseph.
When an epidemic broke out at a nearby college, André volunteered to nurse. Not one person died. The trickle of sick people to his door became a flood.
“I do not cure,” he said again and again. “St. Joseph cures.” In the end he needed four secretaries to handle the 80,000 letters he received each year.
Brother Andre died in 1937, at the age of 91. A million people filed past his coffin.
Pope Benedict XVI , formally declared sainthood for St. Andre in 2010.
We should not neglect those we believe are less gifted. As Zig Ziglar loved to remind us: God don’t make no junk.
Is there somebody you’re neglecting?
Yours in Coaching,
I believe in the greatness of the individual, and that I am in this world for a purpose; that purpose being to put back into life more than I have taken out.
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