My reversion to the Catholic Church actually
began 15 years before the life-changing
events of April 16, 1998.
This was the spot where
the third seed, SPIRITUALITY
was to germinate...
After a botched midnight raid and a jammed M60...
I was praying the Hail Mary over and over again...
and the Zodiac boat returned safely to shore.
I don't know how, because a strong
northerly wind was dead against us.
We were paddling and getting nowhere.
I remember focusing on the distant lights
(in Mary Esther)
and suddenly being ashore.
Was I thinking about that famous scene
in the WWII war movie, A Bridge Too Far
as we crossed this 1/2 mile stretch?
Just yesterday I just found out
that I have a new hero
and his name isn't
(although his portrayal
Major Julian A. Cook,
Commander, 3d Bn, 504th Parachute Inf Regt,
who led his battalion with unparalleled bravery
in the initial assault wave during the daring daylight
crossing of the Waal River.
This devout Catholic really did
pray the Hail Mary
all the way
Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God
Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!
* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael