A New York priest who worked as a prison chaplain noticed the same prisoners ending up back in jail only a short time after they were released. The priest had an idea from his days in World War II. He had worked on an aircraft carrier that carefully calculated the takeoff and return of the planes. When landing back on the carrier, the pilots had to follow a specially crafted landing pattern called a Glidepath. The inmates kept returning to prison because they did not have a Glidepath to follow that would allow them to return to a healthy and fulfilled life as a member of society. Using this concept, a program was setup to help inmates return to the outside world successfully.
God gives each of us a Glidepath, as he gave one to Jonah for converting a huge city and Jesus for preaching the Word of God. What Glidepath has the Lord laid out for your family? How are you using Lent to follow God’s plans?
Lord, please guide us to where we need to be to do your work, as you did for your Son, Jesus. Amen.
About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.