“Flaunting Knowledge?!”

Good Day:

Went to a SUPER mass today, with recitation of the rosary prior to, and Divine Mercy Chaplet after mass.  Followed this gift from God with our weekly fellowship among ten or so other catholics from Church at our “Corporate Headquarters”, known by others as the local McDonald’s restaurant.

The Meditation for today:

It is useless for a man to flaunt his knowledge if he undermines its teaching by his actions. (St. Anthony)

  I worked with a paramedic that newer paramedics thought was the “King of Paramedics” because this person would not hesitate to perform extreme procedures at the drop of the hat.  This person WAS good at his skills, and had a large knowledge base.  The problem was that he KNEW he was good, and liked to make sure everyone knew of his capabilities. 

To the nurses, physicians, and more seasoned medics; they saw a person who liked to take too many chances, and was TOO willing to do risky procedures at the expense of the patient.  I was in administration at this time, and had to discuss his professional behavior and actions at work with him.  The individual actually told me that he was starting IV’s on  patient’s with his left hand, because “he was too good with his right hand, and wanted a challenge. ”

Needless to say, this individual soon left our employ.  Thankfully, this individual has “mellowed with age” and is still employed as a paramedic at another emergency service.  He is an excellent paramedic, but I believe pride and authority was hard to handle, for a time, early in his career.  

How many times have we all flaunted something?  I am an extrovert and have a tendency to jump instead of walk into situations.  For this reason, I have developed a taste for my feet, since they frequently are in my mouth.   Taking the servant role has never been a role for me.  I love the challenge, but it definitely is a CHALLENGE.  This has been one of the hardest things for me to learn in my Franciscan discernment and daily conversion of faith.  The one thing I can do is remember the above story, and learn from it.

Have a blessed Saturday.

Pax et Bonum

Dan Halley, SFO


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