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".....but tears of joy, because I'll be with my God in a short time.'"

If you only read one thing on the BBC news site...let it be this story. Not only will it encourage you, but it will give you a good example of what it truly means to be an Athleta Christi.  US Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun was captured by enemy soldiers during the Korean War and forced to live a life of starvation, frostbite, and disease in abominable conditions. Through it all, however, his faith remained strong and he proved to his fellow men that God truly works in mysterious ways...even when it looks like the world is falling apart around you. Catholics today certainly should  look upon this priest as a hero as well as a good example of what it means to be a true servant of God. He is on his way to sainthood and, based on his story, may be a great person to intercede for those of us who are tempted to lose hope in a world that grows increasingly hostile towards men and women of faith. This man is also, according to the article, possibly in the running for a Congressional Medal of Honor. I hope he gets both....and that more people may one day be inspired by his story. 

Here's a link to the article.... and and excerpt below:

Father Kapaun
"On 2 November 1950, Father Kapaun made the decision that led to his death.
The Korean war chaplain was in the middle of a firefight, with the American forces overrun by Chinese soldiers outside a crossroads town called Unsan in North Korea.
Lighting forest fires to frustrate US reconnaissance planes, the Chinese surrounded the Americans and pressed in, attacking with small arms, grenades and even bayonets.
Meanwhile, Chaplain Emil Kapaun, a Catholic priest from a farming village in Kansas, gathered the wounded in a dug-out shelter made of logs and straw.

When American officers ordered the able-bodied to retreat, Father Kapaun, a 35-year-old captain, refused to leave the wounded.
As the Chinese soldiers began lobbying grenades into the dug-out, Kapaun negotiated a surrender. 
"Father Kapaun had several chances to get out," Warrant Officer John Funston later told a Catholic priest who collected accounts of Fr Kapaun's actions in Korea, "but he wouldn't take them." 
His capture and forced march northward with hundreds of other American prisoners was merely the beginning of Father Kapaun's trial, an ordeal that ended in his death from starvation, cold and lack of basic medical care at a prison camp in North Korea six months later.
For his heroism, a group of Kansas politicians are pushing to have him awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, America's highest military decoration. 
Reports of Kapaun's selfless bravery have got him short-listed for another rare high honour: the Catholic church has named Kapaun Servant of God, the first step toward sainthood, and the Vatican has opened a formal inquiry into whether he merits canonisation."

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