On the 7th day of the Decade of Mission days, let us reflect on the theme “Community of Prayer”.

A reading of the Holy Gospel according to St. John 16, 23-33

In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name. Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. “I have said this to you in figures; the hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures but tell you plainly of the Father. In that day you will ask in my name; and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from the Father. I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure! Now we know that you know all things, and need none to question you; by this we believe that you came from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

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The Eternal God, the Creator of peace and goodness, who by his divine power calls everyone to life and by his wisdom cares for every life, sends his priests, military chaplains, to where they are most needed, to give witness to the dignity of human life, God’s justice and mercy.

Military chaplains have already become an integral part of the training of soldiers, spiritual support and moral support in military academies, training grounds and on the front line, where the fiercest fighting takes place. In the turmoil of battle and in the turmoil of everyday life, they are faithful witnesses to God’s struggle for the human heart. In moments of turbulent challenges, in times of sorrow and unspeakable pain, they radiate the light of God’s hope and consolation and herald not only the resurrection of Christ but also the resurrection of every human being, the ultimate victory over death and all evil.

They share the courage and strength of the Spirit of God, remain faithful brethren and wise mentors, with parental care and friendly support, quick to listen and slow to criticize, attentive to the voice of the human heart beating behind the scenes of military uniform. Military chaplains are brave warriors of the heavenly army, defenders of the life and human dignity of the Ukrainian soldier.

Let us pray for military chaplains and their service to soldiers:

Our Father…

Rejoice Mother of God…

Glory be to the Father…