In this inspiring story of transformation, successful cardiologist Paul Wright shares the story of his dramatic shift in values and lifestyle, after seeking guidance from Mother Teresa, the person he considered the expert on living the Christian life. Mother Teresa told Wright that Jesus calls us all to lives of service, and here he shares Mother’s message and her prescription for finding inner peace and happiness. Following the prescription means embracing both a life of service and the 10 spiritual attitudes that accompany such a life: compassion and love, contentment and gratitude, honesty, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, humility, community, faith, and reverence for human life.
Paul A Wright, MD, received his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame in 1972 before attending medical school and beginning his residency in cardiology. He is a partner of the Ohio Heart Institute, a private cardiovascular medical center at Youngstown and Warren, Ohio. Paul and his wife Gayle live in Brookfield, Ohio, and have a daughter.
A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Wright founded the “Poorest of the Poor” program in 1995 to collect and distribute clothing to underprivileged people in the United States. In 2001, Wright developed the “Medication Assistance Program” to make prescription drugs more available to needy patients in northeastern Ohio.
In 2004, Wright and Dr. David Solomon, director of the Center of Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame developed a student medical ethics symposium held every semester for Notre Dame students interested in health care fields.
In 2003, Wright received the US Catholic Bishop’s Voice of Hope Award for excellence, creativity and leadership in charity and justice. In 2004, he received the Thomas A. Dooley Award from the Notre Dame Alumni Association for humanitarian accomplishments.