4th Degree Military Mass


This week's reflection is from Guidepost.
"...my most difficult challenge as a military mom was the fear I had for my son.  While he was excited about his decision to serve, I seemed to dwell on the negative what-ifs.  It was a long process to take my negative feelings---one by one---and turn them over to God.  As I did let them go, God took each one and calmed my fears, replacing them with peace.
1.  What-ifs Aren't Always Negative:  I always thought of myself as a positive person, at least until our son enlisted.  Suddenly all the what-ifs that came to my mind were possible catastrophes.  It took turning my fears to God for Him to show me that there were a lot of possible positive scenarios.
2.  Fear Opens an Opportunity for Faith:  By talking to God about my worries, I remembered how faithful He'd been in my life and in my son's life.  He also led me to Bible verses that proved a foundation for faith.  I wouldn't have experienced this new closeness without the initial fear I faced.
3.  Change Can Be Positive:  I'm not a big fan of change.  But there were many positive changes---in our son and in me---when he joined the military.  In him, I got to see the rapid transformation from teenager into man.  I also experienced the change in my prayer life.  This in turn brought about a transformation in my attitude and in the way God was able to work through me as I reached out to others.
4.  Community is Vital:  I'm one of those people who retreat when I find myself in a difficult situation.  My natural way of coping is to pull away and plunge deeper into isolation.  As a military mom, I quickly learned that my own way of coping wasn't working.  Having a family member serving meant that I needed the community of others who had gone before me, and those who shared the same experience.
5.  Accepting Help is a Way to Bless Others:  I'm ashamed to admit that I used to take a great pride in being a strong, independent person.  Knowing that I never needed to ask others for help gave me a lot of joy.  Becoming a military mom changed that in a heartbeat.  I quickly realized that accepting help wasn't a weakness; it was actually a way to bless others.
    I hope this helps you as you learn the blessings of having a loved one who serves."
    Although this was written by a "military mom," I'm confident her thoughts can help anyone who has a loved one serving.
    September's military mass will be Wed., Sept. 26, 6:00 p.m.
Take care!
John K.





As we celebrate all those active and past, please join us in prayer for our active military, all Veterans, and their families.



          Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, we have a military Mass at Saint Peter and Paul church in Alton.  

This is an excerpt from a letter written on December 2,1863 by President Lincoln to George Opdyke and others.
"Honor to the Soldier and Sailor everywhere who bravely bears his country's cause.  Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother or sister in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause---honor to him, only less than to him who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle."
God bless!!
FR. John