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Irena Sendler

Some people just make you proud to be a human being, and the incredibly heroic Irena Sendler is in that category.  When asked why she saved 2500-3000 Jewish kids she said simply:  “I was taught that if you see a person drowning, you must jump into the water to save them, whether you can swim or not.”  The acclaim she received late in life bothered her somewhat:  “Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory.” 

When any of us confront evil and think, “What can I do?”, may the example of Irena Sendler cause us to do the very most that we can.  Irena Sendler did not think of herself as a heroine.  She said that she could have done much more.  I find that hard to believe, but with such a conscience to guide her I can understand how she accomplished the near miraculous.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

6 Comments

  1. Heroic, yes. But much more. This woman was/is a saint. Maybe this is a bit presumptious since the Church hasn’t officially spoken on her holiness, but St. Irena Sendler, pray for us.

  2. Good post. As an aside, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as the article notes, though she lost out to another group.

  3. Wow, Nancy. Some of us were already inclined to dismiss the credibility of the Nobel Peace Prize due to a number of questionable awards. Al Gore for instance. Now granted, people like myself, aren’t inclined to think Al Gore worthy, but the assumption was that he was competing against someone like the guy who invented Gummi Bears. Close race, even if neither should be recognized as a leading light for mankind.

    That Al Gore was selected over Irena Sendler speaks volumes about the NPP.

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