We should also be grateful for our military chaplains who are Veterans and who have faithfully served the spiritual needs of our men and women in the armed forces, and also served the spiritual needs of their families. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reminds us that “five military chaplains, all of them Catholic, have received the Medal of Honor since the Civil War. Two of them are on the path to sainthood as their stories of bravery have touched people the world over. Their example inspires a new generation of men to be chaplains as well. Four Catholic military chaplains have also been recognized for bravery in the line of duty with United States Navy ships named in their honor.”
The following excerpt from a “PRAYER FOR VETERANS” provided by “SIMPLE CATHOLIC LIVING” reflects our concern for our Veterans:
GOD OF PEACE, WE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED OUR NATION
WE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FOUGHT, WHOSE SPIRITS AND BODIES ARE SCARRED BY WAR,
WE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO SERVE US NOW, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE IN HARMS WAY.
TURN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF OUR LEADERS AND OUR ENEMIES TO THE WORK OF JUSTICE
MAY THE PEACE YOU LEFT US, THE PEACE YOU GAVE US, BE THE PEACE THAT SUSTAINS,