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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor--Requiescat in Pace

Our Lord tells us that "no greater love hath a man than to lay down his life for his friends." Those in the armed forces know that when they fight in a war, they fight for their country and home. Chesterton made the comment--and I paraphrase--that "[t]he true soldier fights not what is in front of him, but for what is behind him." Talking to soldiers and other veterans who have engaged the enemy in the battlefield, you will also hear the more common reason why they fight--they fight for their battle buddies. It may be said that a secondary motto of all the armed forces is "no man left behind." The bond that a soldier, sailor, Marine or airman has with his fellows in a combat zone is unparallelled.

These are men who talk the talk and walk the walk. They know the meaning of sacrifice, duty, honor and love. Whatever flaws our military members may have (and they are many and generally the same as university professors, lawyers, doctors and factory workers), they acutely understand what love of neighbor is. And sometimes, Our Lord provides us with examples like Petty Officer 2d Class Monsoor to demonstrate what courage, honor, and love of neighbor is all about.

Requiescat in pace.

(Hat tip: JTCorey and Professor Messaros)