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I am a little worried about the United States. We seem to have lost the ability to consider the needs of others before our own. In moments of crisis, we used to come together. During World War I, there were victory gardens and war rations. There was the work of the American Red Cross and Liberty Loan drives. Similar activities occurred during World War II. Items such as gasoline, butter, sugar and canned milk were rationed to be diverted to the war effort. Women entered the work force and war bond rallies were conducted to finance the war. “This patriotic effort was so instrumental in pulling the country together and helping win the war that it is often credited for empowering American soldiers and leaving the enemy awestruck.”
Today, though, it seems our ability to come together, or to sacrifice for each other seems to be lacking. The wearing of masks, a common sense sacrifice to protect, became instead a source of division. Rather than show concern for each other, we fought about whether making sure people had basic needs met was a right. Rather than seeing immigrants and migrants as people in need, too often we recoil in fear and become selfish.
But there are still those volunteers who seek to make a difference without thinking of their own needs. They see others in need and the help. They recognize they have more than they need and they give. They do not forget the story of the widow’s mite and make great sacrifices for those in need. They are not afraid to take the risk of helping another. Fortunately for all our divisiveness, there are still people who seek to volunteer and help others. There are people who, like the Good Samaritan, are able to have hearts moved to pity and to help others. As we continue the Rosary Marathon, let us pray for all volunteers.
Today’s Intention: For all volunteers.