True Quality of Life

Amidst so much discussion on euthanasia, stories like this one enlighten the darkness of suffering.
by Peter Mullan, LC | Source:
Quality of life: approaching zero. Joy of living: approaching infinity. That is how you might sum up the current state of Paul Mohr, a Kentucky resident in his early forties.

Mohr was once an avid athlete and always ready for a challenge. His physical qualities came in handy in his job as a prison warden.

Paul was looking forward to a long, healthy life when suddenly his quality of life started to decline in just that area it seemed strongest: his motor skills. As multiple sclerosis slowly corrupted his nervous system, he lost his ability, not only to play sports and lead an active life, but also his body’s basic, vital motions.

With the body of a ninety-year-old, Mohr has reluctantly had to withdraw from his position in the Bureau of Prisons.

Once a fan of long jogging treks through the countryside, Mohr can now only walk with the help of a walker. His right hand has deteriorated to the point that he can barely sign his name. While he can still drive, he must do so with his left foot, as his right has grown completely limp.

Yet, as his physical strength wanes, his soul has gotten stronger. Ever more confined to his home and a shrinking traveling radius, Paul has learned to put aside his bodily ailments and dedicates himself to over three hours of prayer a day.

Instead of seeing his illness as a curse from God, he sees it, to use his own words, as “the vocation God has chosen for me.” With this outlook on life, he is always smiling and optimistic.

While he could have grown bitter, he has even learned to joke about his condition: “The only sad thing about it is that I am starting to give up my dream about being a cage fighter.”

One phrase of his sums it up: “I am very happy. God has given me a wonderful life and I can’t complain about a single thing.”

On the whole, it looks good and simple.

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