military-headstoneRecently, I had the honor of walking through an extremely large Veteran's Memorial Cemetery at Point Loma, near San Diego.  I took this image of a grave stone that had a note written by a child, "thank you for your service." I found myself deeply moved.

As I transition out of the Air Force, and in observance of Memorial Day, I extend a deep and abiding gratitude to our vets and their families. My experience validates the recruitment literature: serving our country is more than a job. At its heart it is an invitation and possibility of surrendering self for the greater good. As Catholics, as Christians, as a believing people, we are all called to do that. In the armed forces that service often comes at the cost of a life. I feel privileged to have worked with so many people who willingly took up that challenge with grace and grit.

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

Thank you and may God bless you.

Bishop Chad Zielinski