July 5, 2020

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Two flags hang in our church, those of the United States of American and the Holy See. One of them was stolen a few weeks ago. I borrowed an American flag from the school and replaced the missing Star Spangled Banner.

Even though I had and still have doubts about the American Revolution being a just war, I wore the uniform of an Ensign in the United States Navy. Active duty in the Chaplain Corps was my goal through my years in seminary and that request was made every year of my priesthood until the Bishop released me for service to the Holy See Mission to the United Nations. You could say that I have done Temporary Active Duty under both flags that fly near our sanctuary.

One of those flags represents an earthly realm that will one day cease to exist. America is mortal. If it is to last longer it must become more Christian.

The Church is eternal. Christ promises that it will prevail against the gates of hell. If the Church at the end of time is going to consist of more than a few monks, nuns, and grandparents, we need to become more Christian. God bless us every one.

Fr. Christopher J. Pollard

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35