7QT: Veteran’s Day, Soldier Saints, and Giveaway
1. Happy Veteran’s Day, USA!
What is Veteran’s Day?
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month of the year 1918, an armistice was signed, ending the “war to end all wars.” November 11 was set aside as Armistice Day in the United States to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during the war in order to ensure a lasting peace. In 1938 Congress voted Armistice Day as a legal holiday, but World War II began the following year. Armistice Day was still observed after the end of the Second World War. In 1953 townspeople in Emporia, Kansas called the holiday Veterans’ Day in gratitude to the veterans in their town. Soon after, Congress passed a bill renaming the national holiday to Veterans’ Day. Today, we remember those who have served for our country in the armed forces in our prayers.
2. Today we honor a great soldier saint — St. Martin of Tours , who was a soldier in the Army of God. Some of my favorite saints who honorably served their country include: St. Joan of Arc, who is the patron of soldiers, St. Ignatius of Loyola, who was a knight for Christ, and St. George, who served as a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor Diocletian and later slayed a dragon. Servant of God Fr. Emil Kaupan, of course, is my favorite modern day saint. He has not yet been officially canonized, but, God willing, he soon will be honored as a saint in the Catholic Church.
3. If you have not yet seen the film Hacksaw Ridge directed by Mel Gibson, I highly recommend it. This is the best film I have to seen this year and it is one you don’t want to miss. In my humble opinion, it should be nominated for an Academy Award. It conveys the beautiful message of laying down one’s life for a brother.
5. With Advent coming soon, I am giving away two Advent Magnificat Companions. The first two who comment on this post will each receive an electronic copy.
6. Coming soon…a new website at jeanmheimann.com . Must change that middle initial there to an M. It’s not live yet! Stay tuned for more.
Have a wonderful weekend!
God bless you!
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