As we celebrate July 4th tomorrow, we share a poem written by Sister Cecilia Joy Kugel and Sister Maria Guadalupe Martinez Lopez entitled ” Sacrifice”. We invite you to reflect with us as we remember all those generous souls, many our own family members, who sacrifice for us today and sacrificed for us in the past.
Sacrifice, sweet and noble sacrifice
The sacrifice of one’s life
For the good of a call,
A call to serve,
A call to act.
So much sacrifice,
The comforts of home gone forever
Amidst the sound of cannon fire,
Fire, and smoke so dense
One is thankful for what they do not see,
Some scarred forever by what they observe.
For people they knew,
People they would never meet.
People who might only know their names from memorial walls.
Yet, they sacrificed,
Knowing their names might never be etched anywhere,
But they are forever etched in the heart of God.
We honor those who serve
We honor those who served
We honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice