An answer comes from another Thomas. In the Summa Theologica, Thomas Aquinas put his discussion of just war in his chapter on charity and the love of God. Centuries later, John Calvin echoed his thoughts, calling the soldier an ?agent of God?s love? and soldiering justly a ?God-like act.? Far from viewing war as a ?necessary evil,? Calvin said that ?restraining evil out of love for neighbor? imitates God?s restraining evil out of love for humanity.
Thomas Doerflinger?s death reminds us that the cost of restraining evil is heartbreakingly high. On the anniversary of the liberation of
Like Maximilian Kolbe, at a time when courage mattered most, Thomas Doerflinger did not hesitate.
For further reading and information:
In The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler?s Gathering Storm, Joseph Loconte brings together pieces from the most significant religious thinkers of the pre-war period. In these essays, the writers explore issues vibrantly relevant today, including the Christian cause for war, the problem of evil, and
Austin Ruse and Cathy Cleaver
Read messages to Army Spc. Thomas K. Doerflinger on the ?Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom? page.
Gerard Perseghin, ?Army Spc. Doerflinger remembered for caring ways, sacrifice,? Catholic News Service,
Thomas Tobin, ?I Haven?t Lost You, My Friend,? Communion and Liberation. (Memories and comments from Army Spc. Doerflinger?s friend and professor.)
Susan Kinzie, ?Family, Friends Mourn a Soldier and a Poet,?
Stephen Manning, ?Fort Lewis soldier killed in Iraq,? Associated Press. (Reprinted on the ?Honor the Fallen? page of MilitaryCity.com.)
Berel Lazar, ?Where Is Man?? Wall Street Journal,
Read about the life of Maximilian Kolbe.
?St. Maximilian Kolbe: Priest hero of a death camp,? Catholic-pages.com.
Pius Kamau, ?Learn from courage of ?Hotel?,? Denver Post,
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (Benziger Bros. edition, 1947).
BreakPoint Commentary No. 040531, ?A Soldier?s Valor: Helping and Healing in Iraq.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 020306, ?Loving Your Neighbor: Just War and Charity.? (Free registration required.)
Elie Wiesel, ?Bearing Witness, 60 Years On,? Beliefnet,
Suzanne Fields, ?Remembering Auschwitz at the UN,? Townhall.com,