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The ultimate sacrifice

Brian Bergkamp. Courtesy of the Diocese of Wichita.

This story was in the news a couple weeks ago.  Brian Bergkamp, 24, was a Seminarian at Mount St. Mary’s University, scheduled to enter his third year this Fall.  On July 9th, he went kayaking with some friends on the Arkansas River.  A woman fell out of the kayak and Brian saved her life.  He was swept away by the current.  His body has been found.

His fellow Seminarians described him as the most selfless of persons, this act of heroism being no surprise to them.

“Those who knew the seminarian described him as selfless and said they were not surprised by his act of self-sacrifice to save the life of another.

“He would go out of his way to help someone and forget about his own, probably, self in the process. So what he did was a very natural thing for him,” said Mt. St. Mary’s University Vice Rector, Father Kenneth Brighenti, to KSN News.”

“He was never about himself, always looking to do something for others, never thinking of himself,” Schibi told the Wichita Eagle. “He cared. He totally cared about each little individual job he was doing.”

“He gave up his life to be a priest, but before he could do that, he gave up his life for another,” Schibi said. “Probably one of the most selfless individuals that I’d ever met.”

And I say this:

“Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”   ~John 15:13

Rest in peace, Brian, and go with God.  May your example inspire us all, that true love is to will the good of another, and even to give the ultimate sacrifice, your very life, in imitation of Our Lord who gave His all and His life for our salvation.

~Damsel of the Faith