One of the tougher emotional aspects of being an active duty service member is a lack of connection to the sacraments. I talked to one Marine recently who told me that in two tours of Afghanistan, he saw a Catholic military chaplain only a handful of times. And while our media access here in the States allows us to stay as connected with what’s going on in the Church as we want, these men and women don’t have near the access to those resources.
Fortunately, Our Sunday Visitor has a neat program, wherein your small donation can pay for issues of their newsweekly paper, as well as their delivery to deployed troops, at no cost to our servicemen and women. That means that for every $1 you donate to this program, you supply one issue of OSV Newsweekly to a member of the military. Don’t tell me you don’t have one dollar.
With Veteran’s Day coming up this Monday, this would be a great way to keep our troops informed of the things that we might take for granted- addresses and homilies from Pope Francis, news about the Church in our country and around the world, reflections on faith and spirituality, and yes, that back page crossword puzzle. For someone geographically detached from their Catholic family, imagine how much something as simple as a newspaper might mean.
It’s easy to give- you can just go directly to OSV’s web page for the program, or call 1-800-348-2440. And don’t forget to tell them you heard about them on #FundingFriday!