EWTN Presents ‘Trustful Surrender’ – A Don’t Miss ‘Catholics Come Home’ Special

Jeff Van Brunt is a husband and father of four whose identity was very much bound up in his athletic prowess. He particularly enjoyed competitive men’s soccer. So when he noticed that his feet and hands seemed to be giving out on him when he was on the field, he made a doctor’s appointment to find out why. What he didn’t expect was that, at the age of 33, he would be diagnosed with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This incurable disease affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Jeff was given two to five years to live. That was two years ago.

Jeff Van Brunt, father of four, talks about what he has learned since he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in the 60 minute EWTN special "Trustful Surrender." Airs 5 p.m. ET, Sunday, Nov. 24 and 11 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 30 on EWTN,  Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Jeff Van Brunt, father of four, talks about what he has learned since he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in the 60 minute EWTN special “Trustful Surrender.” Airs 5 p.m. ET, Sunday, Nov. 24 and 11 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 30 on EWTN, Find EWTN at http://www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

In a one-hour special to air 5 p.m. ET, Sunday, Nov. 24 and 11 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 30 on EWTN, “Catholics Come Home” Founder Tom Peterson interviews Jeff to find out what he has learned since the diagnosis. The result is a powerful guide for how to live life knowing that our time on earth is finite. Death may come sooner or later; it may be expected or unexpected; the cause will vary, but as his priest reminded him, “No one gets out of this life alive.” This special is well worth seeing. Record it; watch it, perhaps in spurts. Mull it over; take it to heart. It could change your life.

Something amazing happened when Jeff first received his diagnosis. He says he received an infusion of grace which allowed him to see very clearly where the devil is after him in his life – and in the lives of those he cares about. “One of those things I always need to remember: it’s a battle for each of our souls.” He says he immediately went to confession, “a confession where I wasn’t holding anything back.”

Jeff says more recently he wanted to go to confession again. He’s at a point now where he walks with a “huge limp” and often shuffles. When he gets nervous, he says the shuffle gets worse. He walked into his church and saw a long line of people. He knew them all and that made him nervous. So instead of getting in line, he went straight to a kneeler. He told himself he would wait until everyone left and then he would go to confession. But as he knelt there, he got “an infusion of grace,” which soon had him back on his feet and shuffling past the line. He says: “I heard laughter and praise – from the angels and saints in heaven. I won that battle of grace in line!”

What a great image for all of us to imagine! We’re all on a heavenly stage and our brothers and sisters in heaven are cheering for us!

Unlike some sick people, Jeff did not lose faith after receiving his diagnosis, although he says a priest  helped him see that he was asking the wrong questions. He wanted to understand why he was sick and he wondered if God still healed. He learned that the question he should be asking is “What are you doing for the greater glory of God in the time you have left?” As Jeff says, “That’s not just a question for sick people.”

Jeff says that he now sees that the sins we all deal with “are just distractions – tripping you up and slowing you down from what you are supposed to do.” He says these distractions “weigh you down to prevent you from being who you are supposed to be for the honor and glory of God.”

This is just a taste of this amazing interview. Please don’t miss it. You’ll not only want to tell your family and friends about it, you’ll want to record it for future viewings. No bells and whistles. No flashy background. Just the Truth. Something we all need to hear.

God bless you Family!

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