May 27, 2013

Wartime Prayer Book - give one to a soldier this Memorial Day

Some of you may not be familiar with a little, pocket-sized book that Fulton Sheen wrote specifically for soldiers. It was first titled The Armor of God but is now published under the title Wartime Prayer Book. Like many small things it is also mighty, small enough to be easily carried into a battlefield and filled with encouraging words and answers to tough questions about theology, morality, just war, and so on.

The Sheen Foundation has sent over 200,000 copies of the Wartime Prayer Book to the men and women serving in our military, and they continue to do so to this day - free of charge to our troops.

Perhaps as a way to honor those we remember on Memorial Day you could consider supporting The Sheen Foundation's efforts to encourage, educate, and uplift our servicemen and women. If you would like to donate you can visit their website or you could mail a check with a note stating you'd like the money to go towards the Wartime Prayer Book project to their office:

Archbishop Sheen Foundation
419 NE Madison Ave.Peoria, IL 61603

"There are certain things in life which are too beautiful to be forgotten, such as the love of a mother. Hence we treasure her picture. The love of soldiers who sacrificed themselves for their country is likewise too beautiful to be forgotten, hence we revere their memory on Memorial Day. But the greatest blessing which ever came to this earth was the visitation of the Son of God in the form and habit of man. His life, above all lives, is too beautiful to be forgotten, hence we treasure the divinity of His Words in Sacred Scripture, and the charity of His Deeds in our daily actions." 
-Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Calvary and the Mass

*Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with the Sheen Foundation or the Diocese of Peoria - I just thought this was a beautiful idea and a great way to honor our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day, and even throughout our patriotic summer.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't heard of this, Bonnie. I absolutely love the idea. And those words gave me chills.