Friday, March 19, 2010

a priest on the front lines...

... Catholic military chaplain Cpt. Carl Subler on March 5 at a small U.S. combat outpost in Sha-Wali-Kot in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan. [source]










a smoke grenade container he uses to carry communion wafers.



Thank you Keith P. for the link.

15 comments:

Thom Curnutte, S.F.O. said...

This is one situation where a Roman chasuble makes perfect sense. Awesome photos.

Mitch said...

awesome!

Terry Nelson said...

I love military chaplain priests - best confessors in the world - they are real men.

carina said...

wow. I keep going back to the second photo. Another wonderful reminder of the universality of the mass. And that you can have 1000 or 4 in attendance and it will still be the mass.

Michael said...

This is so wonderful! Wow, the pictures really make me proud both for those soldiers and chaplains on the front lines every day and for my faith. Thank you!

Old Bob said...

Thank you!

Jo Anne said...

Wow! Kat, thank you. I was so moved by these photos I went to the source. While all are stirring, the last in the series stopped me cold. It wasn't just the juxtaposition of the chaplain assistant's rifle with the guitar, it was seeing his blood type written on his boot.....St Michael the Archangel, pray for us!

newguy40 said...

Hi-

I'm the Keith P who sent the source info to Kat.

Thanks for posting the pics. I am very happy that more Catholics have seen these images and stories.

Maria said...

Boots. Vestments blowing in the wind. The American Flag. A picnic table as altar and a smoke grenade for the Hosts? It doesn't get any more manly than this. God love these men who defend us and the priests who care for them. Thank you, Crescat.

3puddytats said...

I was in the Air Force ten years--many overseas--and our chaplains were loved by everyone, even the non-religious. They brought a few moments of peace to an otherwise insane world. I currently work at a military base and it is nice to be able to attend Daily Mass and Holy Days with the military chaplains. You think it's hard being just a regular priest?? They also have the military fitness requirements and protocols, wear the military uniform (instead of clericals or cassocks),as well as having to share chapels with other religious groups...
so you can't decorate them as you would like.
And from what I understand--the Catholic chaplains are on loan from their dioceses--so in addition to many areas being short of priests, they then make the additional sacrifice of giving up a priest long-term to serve in the Armed Forces. If you are in such a diocese definitely let you bishop know how much you appreciate the sacrifice, and pray for that priest specifically.

They sure have some rockin' Norvos Ordo Masses.. :)

Peace.. Sara

Anthony S. "Tony" Layne said...

Thank God for chaplains, and for a Constitution that lets our military members have them instead of "political officers">

Dom said...

Wow. This is so wonderful!

Maia said...

This is beautiful. Thank you for helping to share the witness to Christ that military priests are.

Father Schnippel said...

Fr. Subler was a year behind me in college seminary before we parted ways for different major sems. He served in the Navy prior to entering formation and always wanted to serve as a military chaplain. A Good and Holy Priest!

God Speed, Fr. Subler!

Gail F said...

This is so very touching. Thank you.