Monday, May 30, 2011

Mansions of the Lord

In remembrance of those who gave the last full measure of devotion to the cause of freedom, equality, and dignity for all men and women.
"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." Give our departed fighting men and women eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine on them forever, for You are rich in mercy.

Sadly, we are still at war, it is still necessary that we should fight against those who seek to destroy the lives and liberties of others throughout the world. But as we fight, pray that God grant us the grace and strength to not hate those He commands us to love, that we kill not for vengeance, but to end the violence and the capacity and will of the enemy to make war on us, until the day we again may live in peace with those who are also children of God.
"With malice toward none, with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
-- Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address

See also We Remember, at Vita Nostra in Ecclesia

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