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This man had nothing and no one in the world, and he was thanking God. I stepped back and could almost feel the American dream fall in pieces to the bottom of my mind. What faith! He is so rich! I am so poor! During those years in Jamaica my priorities changed. My values were turned upside down. I began to think of things . . eternal things that would last forever. That is when the Holy Spirit made a most interesting play. In the jungle, twenty miles from civilization, I ran across—just happened to find—a book lying around.
Eternal things that would last forever. That is when the Holy Spirit made a most interesting play. In the jungle, twenty miles from civilization, I ran across—just happened to find—a book lying around. The book was called Guidepost. It contained pictures and short descriptions of every religious order in America. How the book got there, why I picked it up, I'll never know. I wrote to three groups based on very flimsy hunches. One never wrote back, another was anxious to fly down to interview me, and the third, the Franciscans, gently offered to meet with me when I returned home that summer.
On Friday evenings there would be a dance in the school gym. When the team played at home there would be a halfhour or so to dance after the game. This particular evening I was standing outside the locker room when Dewey came out and stood talking to a friend of his, also an athlete, but in football. His friend, Carmen, suggested that Dewey join a few other guys at a party and have a drink. Dewey refused. " "No," insisted Dewey. " That simple act by Dewey, whom I respected, adhering to a principle, had a great influence in my life.