Sunday, December 25, 2005

Remembering Those In Harms Way This Christmas
Keep them in your prayers



On this blessed day when most of us are warm and safe in our homes, let's pause and say a prayer for those who are far from home and have the very real possibility of meeting the Angel of Death at any time.

Ask St Michael to interceed for our brave Marines, sailors, soldiers, airmen and Coast Guardsmen as they serve throughout the world. You know, the word brave is thrown around a lot. Stop and think for a second just how really BRAVE these kids are.

Please also pray for those who don't even know that this is their last Christmas here on Earth, be they an 18 year old Private fresh out of Boot Camp or a 45 year old Colonel expecting to retire soon.

War, indeed, is a terrible thing. Please keep in mind the old saying "We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."

I'm simply in awe of these youngsters who step up to serve their nation , especially during time of war. Where do we get men such as these?

And on this day, we'll see plenty of news footage of troops having a Christmas meal in various chow halls through-out the world. Remember that not everyone can make it to the chow tent.

More than a few will have a Turkey Chunks with Noodles MRE as their Christmas meal. In combat especially, the situation often dictated minimal celebrations. For example, on Guadalcanal at Christmas 1942, Marines serving with the 2nd MarDiv. On Christmas day, each Marine in his outfit received a fresh orange and a warm can of beer to supplement their regular diet of C–rations.

Merry Christmas to all who enter the Lair of the Catholic Caveman, and a heartfelt thank you to all those who have, are or will serve to keep us safe and able to celebrate Christmas with our loved ones. May God bless you all.

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