Giving one’s life

Richard Michael Fernando, S.J. (1970-1996), a Filipino Jesuit seminarian at the Center of the Dove, Bantesy Prieb Technical School for the Handicapped, Cambodia, was killed on October 17, 1996, protecting the students from an angry student threatening to lob a grenade. In his January 3, 1996 retreat diary he wrote:

I wish when I die, that people remember
not how great, powerful, or talented I was,
but that I served and spoke for the truth.
I gave witness to what is right.
I was sincere with all my words and actions.
In other words, I loved and followed Christ.

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