I would like to draw your attention to a series of articles by Logan Mehl-Laituri, aimed at helping the Christian movement thinking more critically about faith and service in the days surrounding Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday (coinciding with Remembrance Day) that honours people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Logan himself is a US veteran and author whom I met though his peacemaking efforts as founder of Centurion’s Guild. Logan has been at the forefront of campaigns to legalise selective conscientious objection for US Military personnel.
Through Centurions Guild, Logan ran a 10 day blog series from All Saints till Veterans Day, each day featuring a soldier saint. Even where Logan’s views do not entirely coincide with my own I find him extremely thought provoking and I’m sure you will too. As a peacemaker who has actively served in wartime, his words come with an authenticity and immediacy that few can match. He’s the soldier saint I have learned to listen to. Here are the links to the articles:
- Camillus of Lellis – The First Red Cross
- Pachomius of Thebes – Monasticism “With Friends”
- George of Palestine –
- Joan of Arc – Women in Combat
- John of God – Posttraumatic Saint’s
- Sergius Bacchus – Out of the Closet and Into the
- John Vianney – Patron of Priests (and War Protesters)
- Ignatius of Loyola – Obey (God)
- Francis of Assisi – Stigmatized, Stressed Out Soldier Saint
- Martin of Tours – Soldier, Bishop, Saint