Our Country has a tapestry of graves containing the remains of warriors who have fought and died for our freedom. Each grave holds someone's son or daughter, possibly a sibling, father, mother, husband or wife.
Many of us see Memorial Day as a three day weekend and the start of Summer - a time to celebrate. May we take time to be especially kind to others this weekend? Rarely do we know that the person in line at the grocery store lost a son in Afghanistan, or that the old man driving way to slow in front of us saw his best friend killed beside him at Normandy. We do not see the images of war that haunt men and women sitting next to us at the movies or in church.
This weekend and throughout the year, let compassion be foremost in our minds when we meet strangers. They may be the parents or children of heroes who shed their blood for our freedom.
God bless our veterans and all who serve to protect our freedom.
Fr. Joe, O.C. Carm.