A Lenten reminder of conscience

By Fr. Bernard Survil

In the Cathedral of Linz, Austria, along with 5,000 others, I attended the Beatification of Franz Jagerstatter on October 26, 2007, and then concelebrated Mass at Franz’s parish church of St. Radegund.

Austrian Catholics, in the Prayer for Franz’s Canonization do Pray:

“During a time of contempt for God and humankind, you bestowed in him unerring discernment and integrity. In Faith he followed his conscience and said a decisive NO to unjust war.”

So now with Fathers Tim Taugher, Kevin Bunger and Fred Daley of the Syracuse Diocese and eight laypeople we have established the website: http://www.FranzPrayForUs.org, and invite Catholics in the Kansas City Diocese to observe Lent 2008 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, as “Franz Jagerstatter People To Break the Silence,” concluding March 19, 2008, which will make it five long years during which time we American Catholics and our leadership have, remained in fact, disturbingly silent about an unjust war and its costs to humanity.

May God grant us the gift of repentance and resolve.

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