CARDINAL, Basil Hume shared the platform with Archbishop Robert Runcie of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbi when he delivered an after lunch speech to the Variety Club of Great Britain on Tuesday.
He told a moving story of a Catholic boy, Peter, who suffered front cerebral palsy, which meant he could not speak or write. The Cardinal first met Peter, who lives with his parents in London, five years ago when Peter was 10-years-old.
At that time Peter had a machine which allowed him to communicate, and he had
written a poem which the Cardinal described as an expression of the "magnificence of the human spirit." The poem read:
/couldn't speak, I couldn't write. I knew they thought—"he isn't bright".
But all the time I prayed one day I'd have a voice and have my say. They've made machines, now 1 can talk, tell stories and thank Mum for walks, tell Dad that I enjoyed his joke, explain things to so many folk.
I'd like to say my thanks to you for making all My prayers come true.