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CAC BAI DOC GIA GOI TOI - FR MARYNOLL PDF Print E-mail

"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."​

Matthew 16:25
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

"The Marine Corps regrets to inform you that your brother was killed in action."
Words a family never wants to hear.

Yet those were the words the Capodanno family heard one day after Rev. Vincent R. Capodanno, Maryknoll priest and military chaplain was gunned down by enemy fire approximately 30 miles southwest of Da Nang during the Vietnam War.

It was 2,500 North Vietnamese against 500 US Marines on Sept. 4, 1967. Lieutenant Capodanno ran from wounded to dead, giving medical aid to and praying with the former and last rites to the latter, and then put himself directly in the line of fire of an enemy machine gunner in an attempt to aid a wounded corpsman.

But this Servant of God lives on in the legacy of hope he left to the millions of veterans who suffer from war-related disabilities and in those whose thoughts of suicide were aborted upon learning of his heroics. Then there are all the vocations that have come about as a result of his story and the numerous miracles dedicated to his name, many of which have been investigated toward his cause of sainthood. In the words of Father Daniel L. Mode, author of The Grunt Padre (CMJ Marian Publishers), "A missionary never stops working, even when he dies, does he?"

Father Capodanno never donned a weapon of war except those in the spiritual realm, yet he served on a battlefield. His mission work in Taiwan and Hong Kong were gratifying, but he knew that the Lord had called him to a greater gifting.

Prayer for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time​

Lord Jesus, You taught
there is no greater love
than to lay down one's life
for a friend.

Yet You went far beyond even this
for while we were yet sinners
and wandered far from You,
You lay down Your life
for us all: friends, enemies,
strangers and foreigners.

Help us, Lord, to be more like You
and give our all to help others
both deserving and undeserving alike.
For in sacrificing ourselves
not only do we give You greater glory
but Your love, Your mercy, Your compassion
and Your forgiveness shine forth
as Your life fills us with
Your Holy Presence.

Amen.

~ Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.
Dinh, as we approach the 50th anniversary of Father Capodanno's death, we honor him by remaining steadfast in our mission work despite the literal or spiritual wars raging around us. Ever the teacher, he posthumously imparts what it means to follow through with the Lord's plan for our lives. We too can be assured that "God is with us all today" in the din of our battles if we stay the course and run a Capodanno-like race.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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