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Unconditional Love

At St. Rose, we open each meeting with a reflection. It is a time to come together and reflect on an uplifting story, current events, or even a story to help us all relate to a situation, or each other, better.

While looking through some reflection books today (created by the hospitals) I ran across this story by an anoymous author, which immediately tugged at my heart. If only each of us, in our day-to-day lives could be this loving, this unforgiving and committed in our love of those around us.

A little girl named Liz was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. He hesitated for a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her.”

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, seeing that color was already returning to his sister’s cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her life, and he had been willing, even at his young age, to give up his life for hers.

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