A truly Christ-like life and death

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Roman Catholic Army chaplain, Emil J. Kapaun, has just received a posthumous (very) Medal of Honor at the White House. He died nearly 62 years ago in a prisoner-of-war camp during the Korean War, deliberately starved by the Chinese Communists. It’s hard to believe that this story has not been part of public knowledge until now. President Obama said, “This is an amazing story. Father Kapaun’s fellow soldiers who felt his grace and his mercy called him a saint, a blessing from God.” A parenthetical note is the way that the story touched Obama, who went beyond the official citation to give further details as he continued the compelling narrative of Father Kapaun’s self-sacrificing life. Read the whole story here, and don’t fail to read all the way to the end.

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