Memorial Day: Remembering those who gave all for us

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“Patriotism is a love for everything to do with our native land: its history, its traditions, its language, its natural features. It is a love which extends also to the works of our compatriots and the fruits of their genius. Every danger that threatens the overall good of our native land becomes an occasion to demonstrate this love.  I believe that the same could be said of every country and every nation in Europe and throughout the world.  Patriotism, in other words, leads to a properly ordered social love.”  St Pope John Paul II

Our late Holy Father understood the depth of patriotism. It is a virtue based in gratitude. As I think of this weekend, arguably the most patriotic holiday of the year, the commemoration of those who gave their lives for the country stands tall in our minds. “There is no greater love than to give one’s life for another,” Our Lord said.

In the movie Saving Private Ryan, Captain Miller, while dying along the bridge after the liberation of the French town, turns to the young private and says two words. The young man, who would now be able to return to a normal life because of the men who sacrificed to save him, is told: “Earn this.”

How can we repay those who gave all for us? We repay them by remembering them in prayer, so appropriate on Memorial Day.  Let us pray for the men and women who died in the service of defending our country and our freedoms.

Eternal rest grant unto them Oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Rosary for persecuted Christians

I would also like to invite you to join us for the Rosary Without Borders on Saturday, May 25 at 20:30 in Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal (3:30 p.m. Eastern U.S. time), co-sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima with other organizations around the world. The aim is to mobilize Christians and all people of good will to pray the Rosary for the great causes of humanity – peace and life, which are decisive for the future of the planet, and for persecuted Christians around the world, which are increasing every day.   

The World Apostolate of Fatima – Our Lady’s Blue Army was founded to be an organization of prayer – a vast “army” of great spiritual strength that is vitally powerful. So let us all exercise that power in praying together for these causes.

May you and your family have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

God bless,

David M. Carollo
Executive Director

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