“No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.”
The other day, I received an article recommendation from T. Seton, the story of the life of Texan John McClamrock (b. 1956- d. 2008), and his mother, Ann McClamrock (b. 1919- d. 2008). T. Seton advised that the story was long, but was worth reading to the end.
I could not agree more.
This is possibility the most beautiful account of love and devotion I have ever read.
The story in brief is: John suffered a spinal cord break at the age of seventeen while playing high school football. The spinal cord damage left him a quadriplegic for the remaining thirty-four years of his life. Bedridden, and unable to undertake the simplest of tasks, John was cared for in the family home by his mother for these thirty four years. Mrs. McClamrock never wavered in her devotion to her son. She stated that her nightly prayer (see article) to the Infant Christ, where she asked for His Divine assistance, never failed; and that Jesus never gave her more than she could handle. She only left the house one morning a week, on Sunday, to attend Mass, and to grocery shop.
This story of Love will astound you.
It is an antidote to the unrelenting cries for vain self-fulfillment which come at us from all sides in our Utilitarian society.
May you always believe in the Triumph of Love; for in the end, Love will Triumph.
The story may be read here:
Have a good day.
~Image: Infant King statue, OV, 2018.