Holy Cross Retreat Center (Mesilla Park) Director Father Tom Smith spoke with Lynn Moorer about his book “Poor Tom”: Living With Our Limitations, which was written for people who’ve experienced loss or limitation in their life, which, he says, is just about everybody. Amidst passages that impart guidance, his book shares vignettes from his life beginning when he was two and one-half years old and lost his right leg when his foot was caught in a hammer mill. Within his large Catholic family where he was loved, encouraged, and treated similarly to each of his other nine siblings, he relearned how to walk—first with crutches, then with a prosthesis, then played and explored alongside fellow children and youth. Sensing that God has been with him every step of the way, he chose seminary and a Franciscan life which has allowed him to minister to others while living with other friars. For eleven years, Father Tom has led the retreat’s ministry to and accommodation of numerous asylum seekers, homeless persons, and persons needing sanctuary in addition to hosting retreats.
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