Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Soldier's Faith Takes Root

Here is a very good story, written by Jessica Weinstein of Catholic News Service, about Cpl. Andrew Roy Jr. of Holy Family Parish in Watertown, N.Y. Cpl. Roy is serving our country in Afghanistan. For most of his life he struggled with his faith. Now, by the grace of Almighty God, he is sharing his "new found" faith with his fellow soldiers. God bless Cpl. Roy, and all the men and women in uniform around the world who are giving their all to protect our freedom.

Soldier's faith takes root, spreads during deployment in Afghanistan

FOB AIRBORNE, Afghanistan (CNS) -- On a recent starlit night in eastern Afghanistan, five U.S. soldiers and two civilians spread out under a tent, sitting on leather couches and wooden plank benches to discuss the doctrine of the real presence in the Eucharist.

Cpl. Andrew Roy Jr. of Holy Family Parish in Watertown, N.Y., read aloud from a computer outline on a flat-screen television in the chapel at FOB Airborne. He reviewed the history of Gnostics and councils that have long debated the real-presence doctrine of the Roman Catholic faith.

In May, this stocky soldier with clear blue eyes and a forceful voice was not wearing a wooden rosary over his chest as he was that night. Instead, he was in the throes of a spiritual journey that led him from being agnostic to a devout Roman Catholic.

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* above image from CNS

1 comment:

Victor S E Moubarak said...

May I respectfully point your readers to this website. Thank you.

God bless.