Please devote serious prayer time for the safety of our military in Afghanistan. Pray deeply that God will enlighten our President so that he will give our troops the support they need -- or quickly bring them back home.
Our Catholic faith is a faith of peace.
"Peace I give to you. My peace I leave with you."
Of course, Our Lord was not speaking about peace in this world, but in the next. He knew that throughout the centuries we would find ourselves in the midst of conflict and war. Some may question whether a war is just. The answer to that question is increasingly complicated and getting more complex with recent developments in our nation.
Are we fighting for oil? Are we fighting a continuation of the Crusades? Are there forces that are conspiring to create a one world government? All of these are certainly possible. It doesn't matter. Those who serve in battle, serve in loyalty to preserve and defend our nation.
The United States is now in the midst of more than one conflict and it can be hard to figure out the where's and why's when the cast of characters and who the players are in constantly shifting playing field of global politics. It even seems that our commander in chief is puzzled -- otherwise he would surely respond to the needs of Americans serving in Afghanistan.
In the midst of these questions here is one more:
How does a Catholic respond?
First and foremost we pray. In many apparitions, Our Blessed Mother instructs us to pray constantly for peace.
Next, light a candle, rather than curse the darkness. We respond in charity to the Catholic members of the military and the families they left behind. In this time of economic hardship, everyone is suffering, but those who have family serving our nation, those were injured, those who have lost income for the common good, these people need our tangible help, spiritual help, our encouragement.
Write to those who are serving overseas. We will provide links to resources.
Visit their families to offer comfort.
Ask if they are in need of material goods or services during their time of separation.
Pray for the intercession of specific Saints who have come to the aid of those in the military service, and to those who were military martyrs.
This next topic is one that I approach carefully and only after prayerful discernment. I am introducing it as the wife of a Marine and the daughter of a man who built electrical systems for ships in the last great war.
There is now another potential threat to our nation that comes from within. What is right and true, what is good and virtuous is increasingly condemned by those who would see our nation follow a path of behaviors that threaten the welfare of our souls. It is a path that leads to death of innocents and the frail, perversion and the enslavement of socialism.
Now is the time to wake up. Now is the time to return to Christocentric patriotism.
Please, educate your families, your children, your friends and neighbors about the Christian principals that our founding fathers had in mind. Learn about Catholic doctrine on the subject. You'll find links below. Most importantly, pray for our nation.
Please explore the resources we have listed below. As always, we welcome your comments and your suggestions for additional resources.
Organizations That Support The Catholic Military and Their Families
CatholicMil.org serves those who serve, offering U.S. Armed Forces personnel spiritual truths of military life in light of the Catholic Faith. Paragraph 2310 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states
"Those who are sworn to serve their country in the armed forces are servants of the security and freedom of nations. If they carry out their duty honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace."
The three-fold mission of the organization is:
to spiritually edify military families who have an immediate member currently serving active duty;
to promote vocations to the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA
to work towards the canonization of Fr. Vincent Robert Capodanno, the heroic military chaplain who was killed in action administering Last Rites to the wounded and dying on the battlefields of Vietnam
CatholicMil magnifies the Church’s teaching that military service is “a true vocation”, “a high calling”, “a sacred duty”. Through education, we work towards the restoration of Christocentric patriotism, which rests in the order of charity, as love of country- even unto death- flows from love of God.
The Archdiocese for Military Services, USA
The depth and breadth of the Catholic Church is a constant source of wonder and fascination for me. This aspect is another point of gratitude for and pride in our Church.
The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA is the umbrella under which the Roman Catholic Church assures that those dedicated to defending their country have immediate access to spiritual and pastoral services and support. This Archdiocese serves without territorial boundaries, and is present throughout the free world.
Well over 375,000 Catholic young men and women are in the U.S. military. Priest-chaplains regularly describe these young people as sincere, devoted to their country, and full of questions about their religion.
To support these young people and the renewal of their faith, the Archdiocese for the Military Services has begun a program geared to the faith formation of this community.
I personally know several young Catholic men who are torn between the desire to serve the Church or to serve their nation. If you know of a young man like this, please point him to the section on Vocations.
As the wife of a Marine, the site above caught my attention. It has been many years since my husband has been able to fit into his Marine Corps uniform. Maybe it shrunk. Maybe not. Regardless, there has been no shrinkage in his pride in the Corps. I found a really nice jacket that I know he will love wearing. Maybe you'll find something for the Marine in your life. Take a look here
Catholics Seeking Christ is a division of the Archdiocese for the US Military that targets young adults aged 18-35 who are serving in uniform.
We've all seen the shameful news of a few men and women in the military who fell into the hands of the devil's temptations. That is why this initiative is so critical to the salvation of souls.
The mission of Catholics Seeking Christ — as part of the Church’s mission — is to carry out Christ’s mission among young adult Catholics in the U.S. military. CSC trains Catholic young adults in uniform to lead others to Christ by organizing “small groups,” — units of other Catholic young adults in uniform. These groups meet to explore faith in Christ by asking and answering questions about being young, in the military and Catholic.
CSC has developed training methods and resources especially designed for the military that are geared to young adults living a highly mobile life. The CSC program is adaptable, flexible and deployable.
Catholic Youth Ministry - Growing Up In The Military is a division of the Archdiocese for the US Military. Serving 520,000 family members, 204,000 Reserves and National Guard, 29,000 Catholic patients in VA medical centers and 66,000 Catholics in government service overseas.
The Office for Youth Ministry was established in 2003 to serve chaplains, Catholic youth ministry leaders and volunteers by providing resources and guidance for their ministry to, with, for, and by military connected youth and families.
The Office of Evangelization includes youth ministry, young adult ministry, catechesis and scouting. There are lots of resources and ideas for helping grow the faith of young people up to the age of 18. Very worthy of your attention.
The Military Council of Catholic Women
The Military Council of Catholic Women acts through its members to reflect the presence of Christ in military communities by fostering and nourishing women in spirituality, leadership and service. The group serves as a support to military chapels and seeks to meet the needs of women in the military community. You'll find links to conferences, chapels, their newsletters, handbook and prayer lists. MCCW also supports a charity - the Medical Missionaries Branch of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart.
Founded by patriots, chartered by Congress and blessed by Pope Pius XI, the primary objective of the Catholic War Veterans is to make the nation aware of the struggle and needs of many veterans, their widows and children.
It is also the responsibility of the Catholic War Veterans to help protect, preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States and the laws of our government. We must constantly remember, that as Catholics, we are bound to serve God.
ęTake a moment to read their scrolling banner about the need for Catholics to reject socialism.
Who could have imagined this? A truly Catholic Benedictine school that prepares young men to serve in the military in faith and compassion.
This isn't really one of the links that support the military, but I thought you might find it of interest.
Thank You, Soldier.com is a web site created to provide the opportunity to tell members of our Armed Forces, "Thank You." You can leave a message of thanks and support for all members of the military or you can tell a special story about your favorite military person and what makes him/her special to you. There is also an important section to respond to prayer needs.
The Adopt a Platoon Soldier Support Effort™ founded in 1998 is a nonprofit 501C-3 organization managed nationwide by volunteer mothers to ensure that deployed United States Service members in all branches of the military are not forgotten by providing needed mail support and to promote patriotism in our schools and communities. To provide a better deployment quality of life, lift morale, and assist military families, the AAP created projects that meet the need of military requests, established special projects for holidays, and assigns individual morale lifting mail support to service members of all branches of the U.S. military serving their Nation around the world.
Show your appreciation to the dedicated priests who have served the Church well, ministering to you, your family and loved ones with courage and faithfulness. Let him and others know! Especially thank those who serve as military chaplains. You can also offer assistance to these chaplains by responding to their needs at the registry for military chaplains
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Prayer to Saint Michael
Patron of Military Services
Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, or Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Our Lady of Victory
O Victorious Lady,
Thou who has ever such powerful influence with Thy Divine Son, in conquering the hardest of hearts, intercede for those for whom we pray, that their hearts being softened by the ways of Divine Grace, they may return to the unity of the true Faith, through Christ, our Lord. Amen
St Therese the Little Flower
Angel of the Trenches
Dear St. Therese, Little Flower of Carmel, child of God and friend of defenders, servicemen fought in WWI and WWII wearing your medal and carrying your image. You miraculously appeared to those on the frontlines in Normandy, your home province. The witness of frontline soldiers furthered the cause for your canonization realized in 1925, and you were endearingly invoked as "The Angel of the Trenches".
Defend our homeland today as you did your own. Once again, be now the ever-present "Angel of the Trenches" to those who serve on the frontlines. In return, as the faithful veterans of WWII attribute the fall of Nazi Germany to your intercessions, may we give glory to God for your intercession in the defeat of terrorism. Never cease to intercede for us until peace, justice, mercy and forgiveness reign in all hearts, beginning with mine, and in all nations, beginning with America. St. Therese, Angel of the Trenches, pray for us! Amen.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, Patron of Paratroopers, Aviators and Airborne
Lord God, Father of all, you granted St. Joseph of Cupertino a humble awareness of his limitations, of his inability to possess knowledge, save that which You revealed to him through the glory of your creation and the mysteries of our redemption.
You blessed this saint with love, and gifted him with ecstasies, levitations, and miracles. Through his intercession, may we rise above the things of this world, and reach the higher ground where angels and saints praise you for all eternity in our true homeland.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, patron saint of paratroopers, aviators, and all airborne services, pray for us!
St. Nicholas of Tolentino
Patron of Sailors and Seafarers
Heavenly Father, in imitation of Christ your son our Lord, St. Nicholas of Tolentino miraculously calmed the raging oceans and saved a shipboard crew from being lost at sea. Through his intercession, grant protection of all those serving in the sea services. May their hope be firmly anchored in the promises of Christ, and may they always seek and find the Light of Christ, their true compass and guide.
St. Brendan the Navigator
Patron Saint of Sailors
St. Brendan, holy mariner, fittingly called "God's Voyager," who zealously spread the gospel through long and arduous voyages, intercede for us with the "God of the Waves", that we too may cherish the gospel of salvation. Grant that through thy intercession we may be led safely through all perils of the sea till we are led to the land of eternal life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pray the Rosary
No Time to Pray the Rosary?
It takes just 16 minutes to pray the full Rosary.
You took the time to look at this site.
Take the time to Pray for Peace!
Start today. Even if it's just one decade.
Always keep a rosary in your pocket or purse where your fingers will find it and be inclined to use it.
Forgot your rosary? Most of us have ten fingers that work well.
Standing on line in the bank, the grocery store, in an elevator? Pray a decade.
Are you at the gym? Out on a walk? Pray the rosary as you go. Organize some friends to pray with you as you walk.
My husband and I pray the rosary nightly while we walk our dog.
Keep a rosary under your pillow. A wonderful way to fall back asleep if you suffer from insomnia. Counting Ave's is much better than counting sheep or taking a sleeping aid.
Play a CD of the rosary while you do your housework.
A site that promotes the building a global rosary chain on the 13th of each month in honor of our Blessed Mother's requests to pray the rosary for peace. Awareness of the power given to mankind through the use of the rosary. Proliferate the use of this powerful weapon against evil.
This is a very important topic. Without deep faith in God, it is a truly frightening topic.
I will be covering it in depth by the end of October 2009.
But for a start, please begin to think seriously about what is going on in our nation.
Please consider - at the very least - taking a quick look at Pope Leo XIII's Encyclical On Socialism. You remember Pope Leo XIII. He is the one who had the vision of Satan let loose on earth that shook the Holy Father so much that he composed the St. Michael the Archangel prayer. Then you will begin to understand that "social justice" is NOT socialism.
Then please think about the great gift God gave to the people of this nation and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the words of the Declaration of Independence.
I also want to encourage you to visit McNaughton Fine Art to view the most excellent painting at the right. It is rich in symbolism and brings out the true nature of Christocentric Patriotism.
If you click on the image at his site, you will be able to zoom in on each of the characters and read a short description.
We do not know the artist, but it is a laudable piece of art and if you are so inclined, it is available on his website for purchase. A wonderful tool for teaching your children - and perhaps to serve as a catalyst for small group discussions.
Finally, until I return with more, please watch this video from Oath Keepers - a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters who will fulfill the Oath we swore, with the support of like minded citizens who take an Oath to stand with us, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God. Our Oath is to the Constitution.
Thank you for visiting our Catholic Military Page. If you have any suggestions, please let me know
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