John was motivated and guided by the question of “Why did God make me?” He related to the answer found in the Baltimore Catechism: “God made me to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.”
Family members said he was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy. is parents, other family members and friends cared for him. Despite physical limitations, he found a calling in gardening and writing. He used a little red wagon to slowly inch around the garden and encounter the mystery of God. His handwriting was unreadable, so he learned to use a typewriter. He used his left hand to hold his right wrist, guiding a finger to type one letter at a time.
After John died in 2013, his family found ways to spread John’s message of the dignity of all life and looking beyond limitations to see what can be achieved.
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