For the veterans, from Fulton Sheen

For the veterans, from Fulton Sheen November 10, 2019
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Campbell

This Veterans Day, as we honor those who have served, here are some wise words from a future saint:

“The great French preacher Lacordaire once said the vocation of a 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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“It was a soldier who first uttered the words recalled by the Church at communion: ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have thee come under my roof; but only say the word and my servant will be healed.’”

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Prayer Before a Battle

“More than ever, I feel the need of having You close to me.
At any moment, I may find myself in battle.
However rigorous the task that awaits me, may I fulfill my duty with courage.
If death should overtake me on this field, may I die at peace with You.”

— “Wartime Prayer Book” of Fulton Sheen, first published in 1943.

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