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The Brotherhood – Part 111

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

I scoured more than a few blog posts and Facebook statuses today on this 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks. Many such articles and statements reflect maintained and renewed dedication to the fight against such terrorism and the determined memory of those who perished so tragically.

But some recall, with admiration, the sacrifice of those first responders, many who ran into the fire that would consume them, and others who still bear the scars of their efforts to rescue. This is a day to reflect on the heroic. It’s a day to consider what real greatness is and how we should be affected by experiencing it. This is a day where honor rises from the ash heap and those who live with such excellence receive much-deserved applause.

As we often have said, a man is at his best when he is giving himself up for others. Whether our target is family, friend, or even the stranger in trouble, men who sacrifice for the good of others are considered the greatest among us.

M hope today is not to simply remember the sacrifices others have made, but to challenge myself to be of a sacrificial spirit for those in my life. I want to be worthy of their honor, and I’ll never become that if I simply pursue my own self-interest. I want to give of myself so that others can excel, and I know that as I do, my sacrifice will prove worthwhile.

So, today we remember. But let’s allow our memories to challenge us to even greater moments ahead.

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