Sunday, November 14, 2010
Thoughts on Remembrance Day
As with parents so with nations; prejudices, terretorial claims, national fears pass unseen from generation to generation.
Wars too seem to be passed on, World War II in many ways sprung from World War I, it in turn from the Franco-Prussian War, that from the Napoleonic War and so on and so on.
Each generation leaves its filth and has its stranglehold on the next. The dead are incapable of clearing up their own mess, they drop pebbles into the pool of history which ripple out and out and out, generation to generation.
Today we pray for the "War Dead", yes we remember the heroism of brave young soldiers but we also pray for their souls, in doing that we as Catholics are not blind to their sin, nor to the horror of war: blood, rape, tears, dispossession, killing and murder are part of our prayer.
The Church in her wisdom encourages us to pray for the dead, to earn Indulgencesa for them. Prayer for the Pope, Communion, Confession are part of gaining an Indulgence but most importantly is the "detachment from sin."
This detachment is about breaking with the past, leaving it in the tomb and rising with Christ. It is about conversion, taking on him the Lord of History, beginning again with him and his values, making him our mother and father, our nation and our hope. It is only in him that can redeem mankind.
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