Saturday, the 21st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - 199 Victims of the French Revolution
Readings for today’s Mass
So, on a day like this, when the church calendar recognizes the lives of John Francis Burte and companions, i wonder who were those companions? Didn’t they at least have names? What does “and companions” tell us about the others who were victims of violence? The bigger question would ask why these unsung heroes are left unsung
They usually go unnoticed because we really know precious little about them. they were part of a bigger action but never in a leadership role. Neither do we know most of the people who marched with Susan Anthony, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King or Cesar Chavez. Their numbers were just too many.
Locally, we also have unsung heroes. Think about those who go out of their way to help care for the needs of the holeless as the Warming Center, the Hospitality House or the Salvation Army. How about those who reach out to victims of domestic violence or to those in jail. Tho often unnoticed, the work of these is also noble and good.
How often do we recognize their good deeds with a word of gratitude? In a year from now, most of those who made a difference now will be added to the list of unsung heroes. That’s why we need to laud their efforts now, while we still know who they are and what they did. Not everyone gets a sound bite on the evening news or a newspaper headline, but their good efforts are no less laudable.
While they might still be fresh in your mind, go the extra mile to offer a word of thanks to those in the trenches with you who are the hands and feet of a lot of goodness done in the name of the gospel. Look for opportunities to say thanks to anyone who helps make someone's life easier. But mostly, keep in mind that unsung heroes don’t just show up in times of tragedy. They are all around you doing random acts of kindness. Take time today to notice a few of them. And, by all means, take the opportunity to offer a random word of gratitude. Who knows, it could be the start of a movement that could change your experience of life on campus.