Pastor's Corner

2015 05-24 Memorial Day

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From our pastor, Father Neil Herlihy
This Monday we celebrate Memorial Day. The holiday is celebrated each year on the final Monday in May. On this day, we remember in a special way those men and women in the armed forces who have made the supreme sacrifice in defense of our nation. We pray for the repose of their souls, and for the consolation of those who mourn their passing from this world. Some were drafted into military service while others volunteered. Many of them died in wars, in police actions, or in terrorist attacks. They sacrificed their lives and their freedom and made it possible for us to enjoy our lives and our freedom. They were prematurely separated from family members and friends, and a grateful nation pays them homage and respect.

Recently Pope Francis remembered the victims of every war. He stated, “Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep.” His comments came at a time when his calls for peace have grown even more urgent amid threats in the Middle East where peace and security are continually at risk. As we well know, many men and women in the United States Armed Forces have died while serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other parts of the region.

This Monday as we make time for picnics and relaxation, we are invited to also make time for prayer. We can join the multitude of people who pray for the repose of the souls of these men and women who have gone before us and for the consolation of their family members and friends.

The following is a prayer for Memorial Day that was prepared by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Providence:

“Heavenly Father:
On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously
laid down their lives for the cause of freedom.
May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us
the selfless love of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Bless the families of our fallen troops,
and fill their homes and their lives with Your strength and peace.
In union with people of goodwill of every nation,
embolden us to answer the call to work for peace and justice,
and thus seek an end to violence and conflict around the globe.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
As we honor the men and women who have died, we are invited to reflect on the words and sentiments of Our Holy Father, and truly pray for peace in our world, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts.

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