Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fallen Navy SEAL's Dog Stands Watch By Master's Casket -- Refuses to Leave His Side


Okay class,

Today's picture of the day is that of Hawkeye, loyal dog of a fallen U.S. Navy Seal Petty Officer Jon Tumilson.  Click story here.

There are two lessons for us today:

1.) First, just as Hawkeye was loyal to his master unto the end, so too should we be to our Master and Friend until the end of our own earthly journey to eternal life. 

2.) Second, this Scripture passage comes to mind for those who put themselves in harm's way and give the ultimate sacrifice of their lives so that we can be free from tyranny:

"No one has greater love that this, to lay down one's life for one's friends" (Jn. 15, NAB).

They wear the uniform and get shot at so that we don't have to.  They go in our place.  Remember that!

And here's a prayer for the dead, since Scripture tells us that it is good and wholesome to pray for the dead (2 Macc. 12).

It's good to learn this, and even say it frequently, such as when passing by a cemetery or praying for your relatives and friends who have gone before us.  In the Catholic tradition, someone in the state of grace gains merit for a soul if it is in purgatory.  This is part of the communion of the saints.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE (Latin for "rest in peace"):

+ Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace.  Amen.

HW: Learn the prayer above.

Rest easy, Petty Officer Tumilson.  Hawkeye is here.  Thank you for your sacrifice.

Class dismissed.

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