The new pastor at my parish mentioned him at Mass. I was deeply impressed by Joe's story. I was immediately taken by the following quote from Joe, expressing his surrender to God's loving providence, which allowed cancer to be part of his life:
“My prayer to God is, ‘Give me Your vision, so that I can look at this appropriately.’
“What’s the one thing that you can’t imagine letting go of? Find a way to develop separation from that thing. Take the desire for separation to prayer and say, ‘Lord, help me not to take identity in any particular thing, and help me not to place hope in anything other than You.’” - Joe Hall, Thoughts
That's incredible. Pondering that statement, one realizes it is an act of heroic faith. It seems to me it is applicable to so many situations, states, and conditions in one's life.
Joe Hall, 26, died March 27, 2015.