The Bond

Friends of Padre Steve’s World
It has been a very emotional couple of weeks as I have mentioned in a number of articles and today has been quite busy as I try to catch up on Gettysburg writings at work, and I hope to put one of those out on the site later in the week. Likewise I have been dealing with a lot of my own stuff. However, I did have the good fortune to spend some time on the phone with a now retired Navy Chaplain who I have served with multiple times including in Iraq, where I worked in his area of responsibility. He was in large part responsible for the success that I enjoyed there. He also suffers from some of the same maladies as me and as such we share a bond that I have with few of my other chaplain colleagues. That bond is something that those of us who have suffered together in war understand. Since I am too tired to write anything really new I have pulled up an article from nearly four years ago that I wrote about that bond. It is a bit dated now and I know that it can use some editing, but as I looked at it I realized that it still resonated. Since we are in the saddle so to speak between Armed Forces Day which was last weekend and Memorial Day which we observe this coming weekend I thought it would work.

Have a great day,

Peace

Padre Steve+

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This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

From the Speech of King Henry V at Agincourt in Shakespeare’s “Henry V” 1599

In the midst of the petty politics surrounding the Afghan War so so ponderously and pompously purveyed by politicians and pundits of all strains I feel the need to speak up for that small band of brothers that has served in these…

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