Veterans and the Mission
November 2012 Newsletter
The Value of Jesuit Education for Veterans
See and hear Mr. Nathan Davis, Director for Veteran Affairs at Xavier University, talk about how Jesuit Education contributes to veterans' ability to re-adjust after returning from service.
In 2003 Father Richard Curry, a Jesuit at the Georgetown University, started the Wounded Warriors Writers Workshop which would eventually become his renowned Academy for Veterans. This program seeks to minister to every aspect of those disabled veterans returning from service in the Middle East.
Highlighted TermAvery Dulles' father, John Foster Dulles, was U.S. Secretary of State in the Eisenhower Administration (1952-1960). Avery, though brought up in his family's Presbyterian Christianity, considered himself an agnostic when he entered Harvard as an undergraduate in 1936. By the time of his graduation, however, he had become a Catholic, something not easy for his parents to accept in that pre-ecumenical era (A Testimonial to Grace ).
After service in the military during World War II, he entered the Jesuits in 1946 at the age of 28. He did doctoral studies in theology at the Jesuit Gregorian University in Rome and then taught for many years at Woodstock College, the Jesuit theological school in rural Maryland. Later, he joined the faculty at Catholic University in DC, and finally, he was McGinley Professor at Fordham in NYC.
Among his published works - 25 books and more than 800 articles, many of them translated into other languages - perhaps the most significant are his "models," books where he lined up the various theological opinions on a given subject in relation to one another and assessed the strengths and weaknesses of each: Models of the Church (1974 and subsequent editions), Models of Revelation (1983, 1992), and The Assurance of Things Hoped For: A Theology of Christian Faith (1994). He had a deep knowledge of the long and diverse tradition, could write about it with clarity, and so help foster a unity of faith in a post-Vatican II Catholic culture that he saw as increasingly unmoored. It was his contention that the truth lies, not in any one position, but in the totality of them all.
Pope John Paul II made Dulles a cardinal in 2001. Many "liberal" Catholics saw this as a benediction on Dulles' supposed move to the right (for example, he was adamantly opposed to the ordination of women), but others read it more generally as a recognition that American Catholic theology had come of age (Dulles was the first American theologian to be given a red hat).
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For Veterans of Foreign Wars
Loving God,we remember those who have served our nation
and died to protect
and defend our freedom.
Help us never to forget them
and their efforts to keep us safe.
We honor those who were in combat,
and returned home safely.
May they know our thankfulness.
We honor those in the service who supported
our military behind the front lines.
May they know our gratitude.
We pray for those whose bodies and spirits
are ravaged by war,
whose memories cannot forget the
brutality war inflicts upon others,
whose pain is too deep for others to touch.
Help us find ways to reach out
to our brothers and sisters who have returned from war
and are in psychic pain
so they may know they are important to us.
May we come to know their pain
and be in solidarity with them so
they will not take their own lives.
We pray for those who are in combat today.
Shield them from danger
and bring them home safely and soon.
May we all work to end all wars
and establish a lasting peace
that is built on justice, charity, and mutual understanding.
Help us to live in hope
that your kingdom of heaven
can reign here on earth.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
-John Predmore, S.J.
"It's the circle of life, and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, till we find our place, on the path unwinding."
-Tim Rice and Elton John, The Lion King
More reflections can be found in the book, Creating Privileged Moments.
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