Chuck Colson

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 Auschwitz, we should pray for those who bear the cost of protecting our country?and who are willing to liberate another persecuted people.

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 America?s role in the world.

Austin Ruse and Cathy Cleaver Ruse, ?The Short, Heroic Life of Thomas Doerflinger,? National Catholic Register, 17 December 2004.

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, 23 November 2004.

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,? WashingtonPost, 20 November 2004, B03.

Stephen Manning, ?Fort Lewis soldier killed in Iraq,? Associated Press. (Reprinted on the ?Honor the Fallen? page of

Berel Lazar, ?Where Is Man?? Wall Street Journal,27 January 2005.

Read about the life of Maximilian Kolbe.

?St. Maximilian Kolbe: Priest hero of a death camp,?

Pius Kamau, ?Learn from courage of ?Hotel?,? Denver Post, 26 January 2005.

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.)

Joseph Loconte, ?Democracy and Anti-Semitism,? Heritage Foundation,24 January 2005.

Elie Wiesel, ?Bearing Witness, 60 Years On,? Beliefnet,25 January 2005.

Suzanne Fields, ?Remembering Auschwitz at the UN,?,27 January 2005.

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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