New Church Life NCL May/June 2018 - Page 79

  the loss from our conscious presence of this man of unusual devotion and dedicated service to his church, country and family, I suspect there will be many in the spiritual world who will be welcoming with joy a new champion for the Lord’s kingdom. “We also know that as the New Church grows in the spiritual world, so it may grow from that in the natural world. I think we can be pretty confident that Fred’s service to his church, his country, and his family in this world will not cease just because he has now passed from this natural realm into conscious awareness in the spiritual realm. Indeed his influence and service, though more subtle, may now become more powerful with us here on earth.” Fred was a special man and a humble man who would point to use and shrink from praise. We are left to echo what Hamlet said of his father: “He was a man, take him for all in all. We shall not look upon his like again.” (BMH) the ultimate role model As Fred Fiedler rose through the ranks of the U.S. Air Force to become a major general – loved and respected by everyone he served with – he never forgot where he came from: growing up on a wheat farm in Colorado, and attending the Boys School of the Academy of the New Church. Last Charter Day Fred was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Academy. He was not able to attend his 60 th class reunion because of his illness, nor to address the senior boys as is the tradition with this honor. But he sent a powerful message, which was read to the seniors by Principal Jeremy Irwin. His theme was “What Are Your Values?” Looking back on a life of significant accomplishment – serving his country, the Church and the Academy – he said the foundation for all of it was laid in the Boys School, because that is what “shaped my moral values.” He talked about the importance of personal responsibility – not only in academics, student government, athletics and other endeavors but in their personal attitudes. “When you make the doctrine of charity an application to life – a personal value – you will be taking personal responsibility. This will be important to any success you achieve.” He also emphasized honesty and personal integrity as “the most important value – one that defines even your spiritual life.” Living with integrity “allows you to live at peace with yourself. Your personal integrity is not worth any price. Live it, don’t sell it or give it away.” He encouraged the seniors to aim high but not to be satisfied with just external accomplishments and accolades. “Live a meaningful life of use and charity, more than an academic life trying to decipher good and truth, love and 255