Occasional Prayers Appendix When I purchased this book I was expecting a collection of prayers, and this book is that but it is also so much more than that. I highlighted a number of passages in this book on my first read through. And here are those passages as examples of some of the wisdom and guidance found in this volume. In either case, there is pain. The Christian never ends with it, even if he waits until the end of time.
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Fulton J. Thoughts for Soldiers The great French preacher 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. But it is not so with the fighting forces.
No group equally large is so revered. It is their high calling to the defense of justice and freedom that makes them loved. And take also the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. I am not fighting to preserve the kind of world we had just before this war.
If I were, I would be fighting to preserve a world that produced tyrants and dictators. The new world must be a better world than that, or it is not worth fighting for. He did not mean that their fears were groundless, for many have been drowned at sea, but rather that they should have faced such a crisis with greater confidence and trust in Him.
Selected Prayers Prayer in Time of War O God, who bring wars to nought and shield by Thy power all who hope in Thee, overthrowing those who assail them; help Thy servants who implore Thy mercy so that the fierce might of their enemy may be brought low and we may never cease to praise and thank Thee. O God, who hast dominion over all realms and all kings, who by striking heals, and by pardoning saves: stretch out over us Thy mercy, so that by Thy power we may enjoy peace and tranquility and use them for our healing and amendment.
Prayers for Peace O God, the author and lover of peace, to know whom is to live, to serve whom is to reign; shield Thy suppliants from all assaults, so that we who trust in Thy protection may fear no foe.
We pray in particular for the President, for our Congress, for all our soldiers, for all who defend us in ships, whether on the seas or in the skies, for all who are suffering the hardships of war. We pray for all who are in peril or in danger. Bring us all, after the troubles of this life, into the haven of peace, and reunite us all together forever, O dear Lord, in Thy glorious heavenly kingdom. At any moment I may find myself in battle.
However rigorous the task that awaits me, may I fulfill my duty with courage. If death should overtake me on this field, may I die at peace with You. I make haste to thank You, but I am thinking all the time of the many who have fallen, my officers and my comrades. May they receive from You all the rewards, the peace, and the rest that are reserved for brave men who did their best. Give their unhappy families, please, the consolation of believing in Your kindness and love.
Prayer of a Wounded Man You have permitted me to be struck, but You have saved me from death. For the sake of my beloved parents, and for my own sake, I thank You from the bottom of my heart. During the long hours of inaction, may my thoughts often turn to You. Support those who do not have hope and faith. May there be no more wars, never any more. Change the hearts that are in men that they may feel like brothers and not kill one another.
His strength is going, and he has suffered a great deal, but he is not afraid. Let him feel that his sins have been forgiven, and that all trials are past for him. May he not worry about his family, which he loves dearly. He dies believing in You, as they live believing in You. May Your face and the happiness of eternal life shine splendidly before his eyes. Commemoration of the Dead Remember, O Lord, Thy servants, name them , who have gone before us with the sign of faith and rest in the sleep of peace.
To these, O Lord, and to all who rest in Christ, grant, we pray Thee, a place of refreshment, of light, and of peace. Through the same Christ our Lord. It is available from Sophia Institute Press. By Fulton J. Sheen Venerable Fulton J. Sheen was one of the best-loved prelates of twentieth century Catholicism.
A prolific writer and orator, a distinguished scholar and teacher, an influential master of the media, Ven. Sheen was one of the most effective communicators of our time. His scores of books have offered inspiration, profound thought, and penetrating analysis of Christian faith and life. Subscribe to CE.
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