It takes a special person to walk into danger when everyone else is fleeing to safety. I have great admiration for the courage and bravery of the first responders from 9/11. Their virtue exhibited on that day, and the weeks afterward is a result of possessing Fortitude. You see, Fortitude gives us the capability to face fear, while courage and bravery allow us to act upon our fortitude. Therefore, the fortitude of first responders is something to behold. They are living witnesses of what it means to truly serve for the glory of God.
Fortitude of First Responders
Inside each of the first responders is a desire to serve others, even at the expense of one’s own life. How could that be, that the first responder would be willing to die, just to save the life of another? It is that way, because the first responder possesses Fortitude! We are all graced with this virtue at Confirmation, but I think that people of this vein are double, or triple, dosed with Fortitude. Let’s face it: We don’t come across such strength in times of difficulty from the average Joe. First responders are in a class all their own. They live up to the definition of Fortitude, as noted within the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Fortitude “ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of good.” 1
Express Your Gratitude
On this day of remembrance, take the time to thank a firefighter, policeman, or EMT, for all that they do to keep us safe. Show your gratitude. Let them know how special they are, not only in your eyes, but in the eyes of God.
1 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed. Vatican City: Editrice Libreria Vaticana. 1997. Print. n. 1808.
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