This Memorial Day let us be people of thanksgiving. May we ask our dear Lord to remind us about the sacred nature of all human life. We give honor to our soldiers, veterans and the countless civilian workforce whose hard work, courage and steadfast fidelity to our one nation under God enables all Americans to enjoy greater freedom, free association, free movement, free political views, free pursuits of greater justice, greater mercy and greater freedoms. I ask you to join with me in prayers now and throughout this year.
My own personal prayers are deeply embedded in the loss of my cousin in the Vietnam War. He was only 19 or 20 years old. He volunteered to serve in the U.S> Army, completed training camp and died as a 20year old soldier. I barely knew him. He perished giving his own one life in an effort to establish a more fair, just and freer nation. Freedom is never free! So, let us always remember our military but most importantly, let us remember those who have gone before us in many efforts to provide protection, security, freedom and peace. We need our soldiers, sailors and pilots. They need our support and prayers.
Maybe one day, the world can know real peace…a time when “the lion and the lamb can lie down next to one another and be at peace”. Only true peace will bring an end to war. This MEMORIAL DAY I ask you to pray for peace, to pray for our military men and women, and also the countless civilians whose hard work, tenacity and determination help our soldiers, sailors and pilots in their ongoing struggles against oppression, outright suppression and even torture. May you and I always choose to walk humbly and serve our dear Savior by serving others…including our enemies. Peace.
-Father Michael Briese