St. Martin of Tours and Veterans Day

Is it a coincidence that the feast of Martin is celebrated on Veterans Day? Martin eschewed military service to serve Jesus the Christ.
We should honor our veterans. Until Vietnam they had no choice because of the draft which often let those with resources to dodge the draft or battle zones. Today our soldiers are still fighting the rich persons’ war for oil and natural gas (Iraq and Afghanistan respectively.) They are not drafted. Some choose to enlist. For others military service with its signing bonuses is the only way up and out.
Merton says that it is the duty of every Christian to work for the abolition of war. What are we waiting for? The time is now!

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