“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
In recent months, the city of Cleveland has been reignited with Lebron coming home, Kevin Love joining him, Johnny Football, Hoyer the Destroyer among other events that have put our city in the spotlight. We are all excited for the future as things are surely looking bright for our “mistake on the lake.”
Sometimes, though, we come across people who make humungous impacts on others that aren’t recognized in mass media like our sports teams have been these past few months. This could be anyone, from someone that pays for your cup of coffee in the morning “just because,” or someone that holds a door open for you. These random acts of kindness make an impact on certain people and leave lasting impressions that last a lifetime. Jim Skerl was one of those people for many, myself included.
Mustache game on a hundred million trillion
Jim Skerl was a teacher at St. Ignatius who thousands of students, including myself, had in classes such as “Christian Manhood” and “Death and Resurrection.” His classes were something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. We learned about how to be men, how to live life for others, and to be good people, not just good Christians. Not one day went by without Mr. Skerl touching our lives in one way or another. That’s how he was with everyone, though. He wanted to show us that although life can sometimes be tough, it’s all about the relationships we make with others and how we need to do our part to make this little blue dot go ’round.
Through the countless ministries he was a part of at Ignatius like Labre, Pall Bearers Society, L’Arche among many, many others, he was hands-on in making the Ohio City area as well as the entire city of Cleveland a better place for not only those less fortunate than us, but for everyone. People like him don’t come by often, and he will most assuredly never be forgotten by those in the Ignatius, Gesu, and John Carroll communities and beyond.
Now that’s a squad (Jim, far right)
Jim was a driving force in the Cleveland community and his legacy will carry on for years to come even though his battle with cancer has come to an end. I can tell you one thing, though. Through his cancer and up until the very end, he still radiated love for his family, students, and community. I could not imagine someone being at such peace as he is right now.
Heaven gained a superstar today. Nothing in life is given, and everything is earned. He accepted life’s challenges and conquered them. Now, he’s coming home.
Jim Skerl,”Cleveland’s Man for Others.” Rest in peace, and thank you for everything. AMDG BVMH
“The point of this life isn’t just to get to heaven, but to see who else we can bring with us.” -Jim
Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve. To give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for any reward. Except that of knowing that I am doing your will.
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