St. Brendan, holy marinerfittingly called "God's Voyager"who zealously spread the gospel through long and arduous voyagesintercede for us with the "God of the Waves"that we too may cherish the gospel of salvation. Grant that through thy intercession we may be led safely through all perils of the sea till we are led to the land of eternal life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.[Feast day, May 16. St. Brendan, an Irish missionary, is famous for two long voyages, one of three years, the other of seven years. He is the patron saint of sailors and all Sea Services]
-- Devotions Under the Flag: A Prayer Book for Catholic Men in Every Branch of Service , 1941
Saint Michael, the Archangeldefend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, or Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.[St. Michael is patron saint of all those who serve in the armed forces. Feast Day Sept 29]
-- Pope Leo XIII
Do not think that no one can please God who is a soldier in military arms. Holy David was among these, to whom the Lord gave such great witness [cf. 1 Kings 14. 7, where God says David, "followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes"] and many just men of that time among them. Among these was Cornelius [Acts 10] to whom the angel was sent.... Among these were those who came to John for baptism.... Surely he did not forbid them to serve in arms, to whom he ordered to be content with their pay.... . Some therefore fight for you by praying against invisible enemies; you work for them by fighting against visible barbarians.... So think first of this, when you arm yourself for battle, that even your bodily strength is a gift of God.... (c. AD 417 St. Augustine to Boniface, a Soldier Epistle 189, Paragraph 60)
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True Americanism is the belief in the freedom of man as a divine derivative. For that reason if we wish to keep pure Americanism we must keep our religion..It is our solemn duty as Catholics, therefore, to be conscious of our duty to America, and to preserve its freedom by preserving its faith in God.
--Fulton J. Sheen
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