On March 15, Detective Steven McDonald came to St. Francis de Sales School to address grades 4- 8. Detective McDonald is a former New York City Police Officer who was severely injured about 26 years ago. He was chasing an armed gang of teenagers through Central Park when he was ambushed. He was shot three times; once above his eye, once in his neck, and once in his back. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital on July 12, 1986. Officer McDonald was left crippled and is now a quadriplegic. His attacker was sent to prison for 10 years and died three days after his release. The students were completely silent as Detective McDonald spoke. They were fascinated but sad as they listened. He talked about forgiveness and being grateful for what we have. He said that if he didn’t forgive the teenagers he would die, and that living a life full of anger and hatred was as bad as dying. His visit was during the season of Lent. During Lent we learn to forgive others and be grateful for what we have. I was moved by his conversation and felt sorry for him. Detective McDonald must have been very close to God to survive and then forgive his attacker.
GRADE 4 SFDS