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Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day

The great French preacher Lacordaire once said the vocation of the soldier is next in dignity to the priesthood, not only because it commissioned him to defend justice on the field of battle and order on the field of peace, but also because it called him to the spirit and intention of sacrifice.

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Sergeants are proverbially believed to be hard and tough. It is not likely that they were any different on Calvary. It was a Roman sergeant, so used to scenes of blood, who ran a spear into the side of Christ.

But he was converted on that battlefield, and in that very hour he declared his faith: "Indeed, this is the son of God." Maybe [our soldiers] can find Christ on the battlefield too.

[from Fulton Sheen's Wartime Prayer Book (originally published as The Armor of God, 1943)]

To all our Soliders, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice:

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

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