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No greater love

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April 24th, 2012

Do you want a truly living faith? Don t be too quick to say Yes because the path is a difficult one. The ultimate test is in our willingness to make sacrifices for God and for others. Abraham passed his test with Isaac. After teaching his disciples that Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends, Jesus went willingly to his own death. In the month of May, we celebrate two holidays paying tribute to those who epitomize lives of sacrifice. We honor mothers who sacrifice their bodies, time, and material possessions for the health and well-being of their children. We remember the servicemen and women who gave the last full measure of devotion so the rest of us can enjoy peace, freedom, and security.

My personal role models

I ve been personally blessed by the sacrificial love of my parents: Bill, a decorated World War II veteran, and my mother, Lorraine. Like many of the Greatest Generation, they indulged in very little for themselves, instead dedicating their time and energy to guiding me toward a firm spiritual foundation, coaching me and cheering me on in my little league baseball heroics, and doing their best to give me merry Christmases and happy birthdays. With the money they invested in my education, they could have bought four brand-new Cadillacs, but they chose to write tuition checks and drive a Chevy. It s not easy to offer ourselves as living sacrifices because our base human inclination is toward self-gratification and self-glorification. Many of us need a measure of faith, the heart-renewing agent that transforms our attitude and motivates us to seek the best for others instead of ourselves. The miracle is not that we do this work, said Mother Teresa, but that we are happy to do it. Even if we re not a mother or a soldier, we can adopt their self-sacrificing habits. Most of us will never be called upon to literally lay down our lives for someone else, but all of us can share our material blessings to help those in need, lend an empathetic ear, and otherwise put the interests of others ahead of our own. What could be a better way to honor our mothers and fallen veterans?