Recently I took part in a Tim Lowry ALS panel for occupational therapy (OT) students. As panelists we answered many of the questions you might anticipate about how OT has improved our lives with ALS. I was happy to tell the students about pencil grips, rocker knives, and splints. The OT professor specialized in hand therapy and was eager to help with my current conundrum: buttering toast.
The question that most surprised me was directed to Tim Lowry who communicates via eye-gaze technologies.
Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., the founder of Homeboy Industries, and author of The Whole Language, puts it this way:
"We remember the sacred by our reverence...This is the esteem we extend to the reality revealed to us. Jesus didn't abandon his reality, he lived it. He ran away from nothing and sought some wise path through everything. He engaged in it all with acceptance. He had an eye out always for cherishing reality. A homie, Leo, wrote me: 'I'm going to trust God's constancy of love to hover over my crazy ass. I'm fervent in my efforts to cultivate holy desires.' This is how we find this other kind of stride and joyful engagement in our cherished reality. The holy rests in every single thing. Yes, it hovers, over our crazy asses."