Pastor's Note

Fr. Jim

Greetings in Christ to you all!

On November 11, Americans honor veterans who served in the armed forces. It’s an opportunity to recognize the men and women who have courageously donned the uniform of the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Many were wounded, injured, and killed in the line of duty and we honor their sacrifice for us. This date also has important historical resonance; the First World War concluded with an armistice that began on November 11, 1918 at 11:00 AM.

It may also interest you to know that there is a liturgical connection to this date as well. The Feast of St. Martin of Tours is also celebrated on November 11. Martin was a Roman tribune, a military officer in the Roman legion roughly equivalent to a major in the US Army. One incident from his life has continually been repeated in the traditions about this saint. On his way to the city of Amiens, the tribune Martin met a beggar dressed in rags, shivering against the chill of a winter “more severe than ordinary”. Martin took his sword and cut his own red cloak in two, giving half to the beggar. Later that night, Christ appeared to Martin in a vision, and spoke once again these words He had spoken in the Gospel of Matthew: “For I was naked and you clothed me.” Martin followed the command of Christ faithfully. His example is a model to follow for all Christians, and it is particularly appropriate, as we commemorate veterans, to call to mind other such examples of charity and kindness from those who have served in their country’s military. May God bless all veterans and their families.

Fr. Ken Kirkman