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Stories of the Great War

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The Great War brought the reality of modern conflict into the lives of a whole society. This blog collects some specifically Catholic experiences and responses.

A Chaplain’s Advice to Catholic Soldiers in World War II

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In 1940, in the midst of the Second World War, an anonymous chaplain authored "At the Front: thoughts and prayers for the fighting forces". Here is an extract from these thoughts and prayers, containing four key points for Catholic soldiers, which many of us may still find helpful today.

St Martin of Tours – Saint of the Day – 11th November

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St Martin of Tours was a young soldier who was riding his horse in the coldest part of the winter, when he met a beggar sitting at the side of the road by the city gate. He had nothing to give him, but in a moment of inspiration he drew his sword, cut his cloak in half, and gave one half to the beggar.

All Souls – Saint of the Day – 2nd November

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Having celebrated the saints in Heaven, the Church today turns her attentions to the Holy Souls in Purgatory – holy because Heaven awaits them but suffering the pain of purification in the crucible of God’s love. The process of purgation can also be assisted through our prayers, penances and good works.