Saturday, April 13, 2013


Priest, Soldier, Korean War Hero 
By Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying 
Kindle Edition. 

Older folk like me, you might have to watch this little video twice to get its point. Only one enjoyable read of this short book about the Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun, however, will suffice. It won't take you long. Believer or not, you'll come away thankful for this encounter with a great priest from the heart of a conflict, the suffering of which too many have ignored.

The world in which you and I too often find ourselves confined is one in which the forces of evil try to deprive us of both transcendence and connectedness. Kapaun could be a man's Little Flower, rooted firmly in the soil of the Kansas Dust Bowl, unwilting and unflinching in the blast of an atheism (Communist Chinese or North Korean; "scientific" disdain for the dignity of the human person created by God or banal Hollywood).

My own Kansas connection makes me extremely proud. My helplessness in years gone by in the face of the suffering of one dear Korean veteran makes me wish this book had been written a couple years earlier as I would have read the whole thing to him on his sick/death bed, confident that it would have been an answer to most if not all of his anguished searching and prayers.

The witnesses who testified were not all converted, healed or freed, but they certainly were all gifted and consoled by a marvelous military chaplain who was indeed Christ for them in their darkest hours.

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