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May 31, 2021

Daily Reflection for Monday, May 31, 2021

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18a or Romans 12:9-16
Responsorial: Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
Gospel: Luke 1:39-46

His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.             Luke 1:50

Today in the United States we observe Memorial Day, a holiday instituted in 1866 to solemnly honor American men and women who died in combat. At a municipal Memorial Day service, one of the speakers challenged us to read the letters written by service members who never returned home. Below is a sample written by Private Harold Lederman to his parents in 1944. It is reproduced faithful to the original:
Letter addressed to: Mr.& Mrs. Ben Lederman, 923 Leavitt St. Chicago, Illinois; From Pvt. Harold Lederman 16121216, x04QM AP0104, Postmaster N.Y-N.Y.; Passed by Army examiner #33649
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November 24, 1944

Dear Mother & Dad, 

I received my first letters from you yesterday since I've been over seas. There were three of them, 2 by mail and 1 airmail. I'm glad you finally sent me Rum's address. Now I will be able to write to him.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving. We had the turkey and all the trimmings. Most of the doughboys had turkey also. Its amazing when you think of all of us, so far from home, observing still in the midst of a battlefield, Thanksgiving. I'm sure there was many who gave thanks to God today. I was sure one of them.

I recently was able to see some of the dead boys they had just taken off the battlefield. If some of the men back home, whom of personal ambition attempt to prolong the war, could see them--I'm sure the war would soon end. When you look at them you can't help but think--why are they dead! Just a year or so ago they were either going to school-working-married and now their dead. Many among them had ambition--all looked forward to the future--Now their dead. It keeps shooting thru your mind-again and again-why have these men died? I know why we fight-I know of the values we're trying to secure. I hope these men have not given their lives for empty words.

I'm sorry I went up on slight a philosophical side. But I had to air out some of my thoughts. Love, Harold

Today let us give thanks for the thousands who gave their lives to preserve freedoms we hold dear. May we listen to our “better angels” as President Lincoln exhorted the Americans of his day.  May we honor our nation’s highest values as a tribute to the hopes and lives of soldiers like Private Harold Lederman. May God bless us with grace and peace in abundance.

Wishing you God’s blessings,
The St. Monica Daily Reflection Team


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