Texas governor: Response to prayer after accident made him stronger

Greg Abbot is a good guy in my book

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott leaves the podium after speaking at the 11th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast May 7 in Washington. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott leaves the podium after speaking at the 11th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast May 7 in Washington. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not always lived life in a wheelchair. He was on his morning jog 31 years ago when a falling tree broke his spinal cord, leaving him partially paralyzed.

Abbott, a Catholic, noted at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held May 7 in Washington, there are times when “our prayers are answered differently than the way we expect.”

He said he can recall, “I spent months praying and hoping for the best possible outcome” after the accident. God, instead, “responded by giving me challenges that made me even stronger.”

Abbott told the audience at a Washington hotel ballroom, “In hindsight, I am tremendously thankful that God did not grant me my wish,” adding, “If…

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