Every human life has value.

I don’t think it matters how handicapped you are or how sick. You always succeed in something. God gave us each a gift. –Garvan Byrne March 20, 1973 – April 16, 1985

After watching these videos and hearing the words of the delightful young Garvan Byrne, terminally ill and handicapped from birth, I am reminded of something Fr. Jaques Philippe wrote in his book Searching for and Maintaining Peace:

In all suffering there is a germ of life and of the resurrection, because Jesus is there in person.

There is a shorter, edited version, but I do suggest watching the entire thing if you have time:

It is so hard to believe that he was only 11 years old when this interview was conducted. The whole world should know about this extraordinary boy!

I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. (Mt.11:25, Lk. 10:21)

May 27th, 2010 at 3:42 am
11 Responses to “The Inspiring Story of Garvan Byrne”
  1. 1
    Wayne Says:

    What an inspiration! Thanks, Chelsea.

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    Bob Says:

    Well, that helps put things in perspective, doesnt it? At age 11 he was more of a man than most of us will ever be.

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    Monica Rafie Says:

    Incredible. Im only almost through part 1, but hope to watch the rest shortly.

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    Debbie Says:

    Amazing interview… may God watch over him, eventhough his now with our father lord jesus christ..
    He would hv suffered more on earth..

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    Eli Says:

    What an amazing boy…He is surely on a great place with our Heavenly Father…oh we love you Lord for loving us so mouch and watching over us…I am so inspired by he’s story and will never forget about him…God bless you Garvan…Amen!

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    Alexis Says:

    I shall never forget Garvin Byrn’s story and testimony of God’s love for him and all of us. What an exceptional Child and he used his gifts and talent to reach many people & win them to Christ. Thank you for posting Garvin’s story. So special. I never met my grandmothers and only one of my grandfather’s who died when I was 5 & 1/2 yrs old. I hope to meet them and the ones before them too after I meet Jesus and Garvin to thank them both.

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    Daiva Says:

    I first saw this video about a week ago and have watched it several times over the last few days. I was so impressed by Garvan, He was a very special child of God’s. I am so inspired by his expression of his faith. I too am trusting in the same Jesus who was Garvan’s special friend. Jesus is also my special friend. I am looking forward to meeting Garvan in Heaven.

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    indie b Says:

    Wow! God is amazing.

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    Dorothy Says:

    This is wonderful…how God in the person of Jesus and in the form of Bread in Holy Communion communicates to us who God is through an eleven year old child. Garvan is a saint!There is no need for miraculous interventions that are needed in the process of canonization. The fact that Garvan shares his faith life in the way he did at his age is already a miracle…God exploding his love and goodness through an eleven year old….I congratulate his parents for the gift of Garvan.

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    Claudia Bagwell Says:

    I am Brazilian and I am writing now from Brazil. After watching this video, I must say that Garvan truly inspired me! He is more alive today then he could ever be. His words are full of joy and conviction. He is a special child of God who made his short live here on earth a gift to others. I bet he is helping many people from Heaven through his intercession. God Bless you Garvan Byrne for your legacy, your prayers and your wonderful exemple!