- Ahelee and others who have hero-champions,
Yes, it is true that Ted Corbitt is one of my hero-champions for
obvious reasons as a runner, but more significantly as a man who I
know personally enough to say that he has no pretense when it comes
to his natural spiritual qualities and humility. If you do a search
on Ted Corbitt you will find more information about him as well as
his biography, 'Corbitt'.
Another hero-champion I admire that most of my friends know is a very
special inspiration to me as well as to millions of other people, is
Jeanne d'Arc, a.k.a., Joan of Arc. For those who only have heard
about her in history class, you should get one of the many hundreds
of books about her or go to one of many websites about her.
I cannot get too involved in talking about her now as it would take
too long. But basically she represented to me an extremely aspiring
young, simple and pure seeker who surrendered to God's Will when at
every moment there was incredible odds and lower forces against her.
She had no direct teacher to tell her what was right or wrong and
many of the traditional religious laws and customs of the day were
in opposition to her mission, but her inner voice and her receptivity
to these inner mesaages and her absolute faith in God allowed her to
survive long enough to change the world for the better even over 500
years ago. Many of her influences are still intact today.
There is too much detail to explain it all here, but I would like to
share a few quotes which were well recorded back then. She could not
read or write, which allowed her to avoid the tremendous
pitfalls of an overly developed intellect although she was brilliant
in many other ways.These short quotes from her that demonstrated her
absloute faith in God for which she gave her life at age 19, and in
so doing accomplished the goals which were expected of her, the hard
"Hope in God. If you have good hope and faith in Him, you shall be
delivered from your enemies."
"Fear not. The hour is ripe when God pleases. We must work when God
wills. "Toil and God will toil."
"Fear not, however many they be! Neither weigh difficulties. God
guides out work. Were I not certain that God guides this work, I
would rather keep sheep than expose myself to such perils."
"My Lord has a book in which no scholar has read, how perfect soever
he be in scholarship."
I hope those will inspire some of you as they have me. The next
time we fear to partake on a project or goal that may seem quite
difficult or nearly impossible, take some inspiration from this
young 'maid', one of the greatest heroes, or heroines, ever to live
and to offer her life for others. Five hundred years later she was
ordained a Catholic Saint.
To find out more about what she did and how, just go to any Joan of
Arc website. There are many.