Interesting background article on Richard C. Casey the judge currently hearing a case on a challenge to the partial birth abortion ban in New York. In 1964 Judge Casey was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that slowly eroded his sight until he lost it entirely in 1987.
In an interview several years ago, Casey explained how he overcame his initial anger and frustration at being blind through perseverance that included help from friends, strangers and a trip to the Catholic shrine of Lourdes in southern France.
There, he was told about a girl who went to Lourdes hoping to receive the miracle of sight, which never occurred. Still, she was later buried there with a tombstone inscribed, “What is important is not to see, but to understand.”
“It changed me how I approach things,” Casey said. “Anybody can have a spiritual miracle. I was going through a tough time in my life. I stopped saying, `Why me God?’ and started saying, `Why not me?”‘