Father Cedric: Challenges make champions

If you’re human, you face handicaps, disabilities and problems of one sort or another.


“To live and be human is to suffer and to have to go through things,” says Father Cedric Pisegna, C.P.


Those challenges, however, are what can make you a champion, he preaches.


Fr. Pisegna, who lives in Houston, has been a priest and a member of the Passionist community for more than 20 years. He is the author of 15 books and has been broadcasting on television for several years.


In a recent video, he used several personal stories to illustrate his message about facing challenges.


For example, Fr. Pisegna told how he recently had knee-replacement surgery.  Though it went well, it does not permit him to play tennis or basketball or run like he used to.


“I’ve been athletic all my life. I love sports. I love to run. I have always prided myself on running faster than everyone else. Well now I can’t,” Fr. Pisgna said. “Sometimes I’ll see someone jogging like I used to do and it will almost bring me to tears.”


At times he feels sorry for himself, and added,   “It is very easy to get into self pity.” But that’s a mistake.


“Don’t focus on what you can’t do,” Fr. Pisegna said. “Focus on what you can do.”


To fully develop his message on how adversity “can elevate you,” Fr. Pisegna is writing a new book on the topic.


Here’s a talk he recently gave on this subject:


Fr. Pisegna recently began airing his show Live with Passion! in Chicago on WJYS and MCTV Television. It is aired Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m.


You can learn more about Fr. Pisegna on his website.

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