The Vocation of a Soldier is Next in Dignity to the Priesthood
There are some whom denigrate soldiers and policemen and the plan God has for them in Salvation. I disagree completely and there are many examples of saints and popes who have honored the soldier and policeman in defense of justice and peace.
“The great French 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.”
Pope John Paul II while addressing the Armed Forces and Police during Jubilee Anno Domini 2000, beautifully this:
“a tribute to your many friends who have paid with their lives for fidelity to their mission. Forgetting themselves and despising danger, they rendered the community a priceless service. Today, during the Eucharistic celebration, we entrust them to the Lord with gratitude and admiration. But where did they find the strength necessary to do their duty to the full, other than in total adherence to the professed ideals? Many of them believed in Christ, and his words illumined their existence and gave an exemplary value to their sacrifice.”
Let us not forget the good Pope John XXIII who recalled his own military service, saying:
“I thank God that I served as a sergeant and army chaplain in the First World War. How much I learned about the human heart during this time, how much experience I gained, what grace I received.”
To learn more about Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s Wartime Prayer Book click here. (makes a great gift for those serving in the military)
To learn more about Jean-Baptiste-Henri Dominique Lacordaire click here.
To learn more about the push for Fulton J. Sheen‘s canonization click here.
To learn more about Archbishop Fulton Sheen by Wikipedia click here.