Among the Ranks

Daily Devotional

Monday, May 28, 2018

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13

man in Arlington

As is my tradition, today I will slowly walk among the ranks of grave markers at the nearby National Cemetery.    I will pause and pray for those whose names are etched upon those markers.  I will note how peaceful is this place.  I will choke back the tears when I think of the horror some of these souls had known.  I will give thanks for their service and their sacrifice.  And once in a while, I will hear ten thousand voices whisper, “We died to make the peace so that war would be no more.”

So I, one of those numbered among those who survived, I give my life in quest of the peace, the enduring peace, for which they so many made such sacrifice.  No, to honor them is not to fight yet another war … but to preserve the peace for which they prayed would come.

Always in Christ’s Service,

Fr. Charitas de la Cruz




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