‘A servant’s heart’ | State of Missouri recognizes and honors Cadet Thomas Surdyke’s final act of heroism

Kathryn Ziesig
Laura Elbl, a friend of the Surdyke family, comforted Rosemary Surdyke following the signing of a bill that will name a stretch of I-55 in honor of her brother Cadet Thomas Surdyke, a former St. Pius X student who died on vacation after saving a civilian from drowning. Governor Eric Greitens signed the bill on June 29 at St. Pius X High School by the football field where Cadet Surdyke used to play.

"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."

— John 15:13

State representative Elaine Gannon quoted this Bible verse at a ceremony in which Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed into law a bill to the honor the late Thomas Surdyke.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Christians fight evil with love, sacrifice, never with violence

Pope Francis greeted the crowd as he left his general audience June 28 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his weekly catechesis, the pope continued his series on Christian hope by focusing on what gives Christians strength and perseverance.

VATICAN CITY — Christians are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love, Pope Francis said.

Christians must live the way Christ chose to: not as "persecutors, but persecuted; not arrogant, but meek; not as snake-oil salesmen, but subservient to the truth; not impostors, but honest," he said June 28 at his weekly general audience.

DEAR FATHER | Giving up meat during Lent is a sign of solidarity with one another

Before looking at why we abstain from meat as a common penance, we should examine why we even do penance in the first place.

Editorial | Olympic athletes set example for sacrifice

Our Olympic athletes have returned from Sochi, Russia, after intense competition, many having won medals, and all striving to do their best.

They have spent years training and sacrificing.

For example, Megan Bozek, a 2005 graduate of St. Mary School in Buffalo Grove, Ill. represented the United States on its women's hockey team at the Olympics. Bozek, like many other athletes, was an excellent student and athlete due to hard work and the sacrifice it took to focus on those areas, often giving up social events or pursuits such as TV-watching.

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