Recently, I saw the movie based on a true story of Louis Zamperini an Olympian, World War II hero who is haunted by nightmares of his torment and capture as a POW at the hands of a brutal Japanese guard named “Bird”.

The core of the story is on “Forgiveness”, “Redemption”, and Grace.  Now to many, with all that has happened within the Catholic Church, some will turn away blaming God for everything; one of the characters in the movie portrayed as a priest said to Louis, “God did not cause your suffering”, which later, Louis realized was true.

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Mankind has free will to do what he pleases and that includes going against God.  What struck me most in this movie was how one man, broken, went to his knees to reconcile with God and to serve God as he promised he would while floating 44 days on a raft in the middle of the Ocean, looking up to the sky and saying “If you (God) will save me, I promise I will serve you.  God held him to that promise by helping Louis fight through those demons. Yet we have athletes who kneel not for God’s glory, but for their own and so-called injustice against the police.  They kneel in protest against the American Flag that men and women have died for collecting not millions for pay, as some Athletes who never went to war do, but can be in this country of opportunity to play the game they love and get paid the bucks to do so.  To kneel against injustice, wrong time, wrong place.

In the end, they kneel not for the National Anthem, our Flag and Country, and what it stands for, but they kneel instead for injustice and get paid in return.


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Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
LYNN Forrester is Retired from Law Enforcement as a Police Officer, with a background in nursing and previously a member of the Search and Rescue Team with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, A retired member of the Orange Police Department, she became the first female SWAT member on an elite team while becoming a member of the Olympic Shooting Team during the early years on the department. A mother and a grandmother, a devout Catholic who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and a contemplative prayer life. She is in love with her faith, but the love she carries for her two grown children and grandchildren who rest in her heart surpasses everything except her faith in God. Since retirement, Lynn has done private investigation, worked as a gang counselor with middle schools, A member of Bl. Mother Teresa’s Order called the (Lay Missionaries of Charity), she is also a pro-life advocate, often called upon to give testimony and speak to youth groups, as well as adult forums. She has published a children’s book entitled “The Children’s Garden” and is currently working on two additional children’s books. She is currently working on the major one focused on her experience in Law Enforcement entitled “Heels and a Badge”. (copyright). Her paintings and sketches, writings, can be viewed on her Pinterest boards (click on the Pinterest ICON below). Her dream is to one-day write a movie for Hallmark. Dreams do come true … See Lynn’s entire collection of thought-provoking Articles by clicking on her Name to the right of her image above.
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Danny Pitocco

Well said Nightingale!