Yes, no matter how old they are…
momma’s always have braggin’ rights.
Tonight, this happened…
Joe finished his probie year, and was pinned with his badge.
1-year volunteer service under his belt.
Many many hours of shifting at one station or another.
Working hard to make sure he can do the job.
Learning so much.
Doing so much.
Seeing so much more than a momma wishes for her kids to see.
And I am proud.
So I brag.
Especially when each new step comes along.
But because I am proud, I want to also be humble.
These are two prayers that are said daily for my 2nd in line.
Dear God, through the intercession of our patron, Saint Florian, have mercy on the souls of our comrades who have made the supreme sacrifice in the performance of their duty, and on all who have gone before us after years of faithful discharge of their responsibilities which now rest on ourselves. Give us Grace to prepare each day for our own summons to Thy tribunal of justice. Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Withersoever Thou callest me, I am ready to go. Merciful Father of all men, save my from all bodily harm, if it be Thy will, but above all, help me to be loyal and true, respectful and honorable, obedient and valiant. Thus fortified by virtue, I shall have no fear, for I shall then belong to Thee and shall never be separated from Thee.
Saint Michael Archangel,
defend us in battle,
be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God, cast into hell
Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.