Saturday, May 20, 2006

What does a military chaplain pray for in a time of war?

As we near the celebration of Memorial Day in this country, Father (also, Major) John Paul Echert, Catholic chaplain, Minnesota Air National Guard, 133rd Airlift Wing Chapel, St. Paul [also, Pastor, both St Augustine's and Holy Trinity in South St Paul] and other chaplains answer that question in the Star Tribune.

"As it was long ago written and recorded in the word of God, "There is a time for peace and a time for war." The prayers of a military chaplain in a time of war are unique and they parallel, in many ways, the concerns and preoccupations of the troops we serve. . . ."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fr. Echert is simultaneously pastor at both St. Augustine's and Holy Trinity in South St. Paul.

At Mass last night, he had his fatigues on beneath his clerical attire. It was initially startling, but now quite fun, to have a priest saying mass in combat boots.