Let us give double the honor to those who double their service: military chaplains who sacrifice their lives on both the military battlefield to serve our country, to protect our freedom, and the spiritual battlefield to protect our souls and serve the Kingdom of God.
- Pray Prayer of the Archdiocese for the Military Services
- Watch Chris Stefanick’s video on Father Kapaun (Korean War)
- Read Chris Stefanick/Real Life Catholic’s Remembering the Grunt Padre (Vietnam War)
- Watch FOCUS’ Preview of the Grunt Padre (Vietnam War)
- Learn about The Four Chaplains; Read Arlington Cemetery’s tribute to The Four Chaplains; JCC Association of N. America’s tribute to The Four Chaplains, or Home of Heroes tribute to The Four Chaplains (World War II)
- Read bio of Father John B. DeValles “Angel of the Trenches” (World War I)
- Watch Fighting the Good Fight: The Father Peter Whelan Story (Civil War)
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
— John 15:13
- Read U.S. Catholic article In the Service: Priests in the military (2012)
- Read V for Victory Blog — The Medal of Honor Chaplains
- Read the Georgia Bulletin — Remembering Benedictine Father Emmeran Bliemel, the first Catholic chaplain to die on the battlefield in U.S. military history (Civil War)
- Read the Catholic Herald – Remembering Father Robert R. Brett (d. 1968, Vietnam)
I give thanks to God and extend my gratitude to all Soldiers for Christ, especially the military chaplains, but also the missionaries far afield proclaiming the Good News; consecrated religious brothers and sisters; modern-day martyrs for the faith; and the grandmother alone in a pew, storming heaven with prayer. God Bless You all.
When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship (1937)
(A senior editor friend contributed to this post. Thank you. I know you like your privacy.)