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Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28:19) The Holy Trinity

With nearly one-point-five million Youtube views, a tough-as-nails high school instructor has become something of a celebrity. Jim O'Connor, who teaches advanced math classes at St. Francis High School in Southern California, demands respect, and seems to get it in spades. "If you have a class full of 32 teenage boys, you better have some discipline," O'Connor said. "If you don't have control of the class, you don't have a learning environment." "Everybody thinks he's being really mean" until they get used to his teaching style," said one student.

OK. We get it. He's tough. But what's so special about this teacher? When Mr. O'Connor's students at St. Francis High School learned where their strict teacher spends his free-time, their respect for him multiplied -- exponentially. O'Connor, who is a Viet Nam vet surprised his students when they learned that Mr. Tough-Guy's nickname at the hospital where he volunteers is "the baby whisperer." You see, although his students find him anything but cuddly, Mr. O'Connor's other job is a volunteer "baby cuddler." O'Connor is a "TLC Volunteer" at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where he has spent several days a week for the past 20 years cuddling sick babies.

"He holds them, feeds them, walks around with them, gets to know them -- and he can always coax a smile out of them," said one of the nurses he works with. "They just stare at him adoringly, and he can really get the crabbiest baby to calm down. It's amazing. He's just a natural-born cuddler," she said.

"The kids who have nobody -- those are the ones who obviously need volunteers," Mr. O'Connor explained. "They just want to be held by somebody."

O'Connor, whose career included three years in the U.S. Navy, has been an educator for 38 years. He now teaches part-time, and spends his days off at the hospital.

Said one of his students, "I've always respected him, but now I want to emulate him. He is truly a man of service."-1

In today's Gospel Lesson, the Risen Jesus has summoned His disciples to meet with Him in Galilee. "When they saw him they fell [...]

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