Friday, January 18, 2008

O God our help in ages past

Whatever one may think of the decisions made by politicians in committing troops to conflicts, they are OUR armed forces. I have heard many 'prayers of the faithful' about hopes for 'an end to conflict around the world' or desires for 'peace with justice'. Every now and again it would be nice to hear a plea to the Almighty to protect and safeguard our armed forces from their enemies. Perhaps even the odd prayer that they might vanquish those who would do us harm. I wonder how the families of servicemen and women feel when they see the Church being so seemingly unsupportive of them and their loved ones.

Is it too much to ask?



Anonymous OLiver said...

I can't remember asking paid professional soldiers to leave these shores in order to engage in the foreign adventures of George Bush and his coterie of global commercial interests. One would hope that they would have enough brain power to realise the situation for what it is unless they like being mercenaries or like pointing guns at fuzzy-wuzzy. Pictures of Victorian empire building come to mind but this time the godless Americans are in charge ...

5:40 PM  
Blogger Ttony said...

However liberally heterodox my PP might be, we are asked to pray in the Bidding Prayers regularly for British Forces. We aren't asked to pray for the defeat of their enemies yet, but the half way house is acceptable.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Catholic Teuchtar said...

Re bidding prayers in Central Belt parishes. One word.


12:44 AM  
Blogger marcella said...

I believe we are called to pray for all people everywhere, including our enemies and those of whom we disapprove. To pray for them does not mean to wish them success in their endeavours. It is simply to commit them to God and for him to deal with them as He wills.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...


I'm sure my old man didn't ask to be sent abroad for 7 years between 1939-46. You may not have asked thenm but they are our troops and I think it not unreasonable to pray for their safety.

Ttony: That's a good compromise

Teuchter: Spot on

Marcella: I'll pray for the Taleban, but only so that they will change their ways!

3:57 PM  

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