Venerable Fulton J. Sheen's talk in this same chapel, entitled, The Centurions of Rome, is on a MP3 on line.
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Centurions, as you know, were in charge of a 100 or 100s. As a group, they are unusual as they are named or at least highlighted. The Centurion of Capernaum was the first mentioned. He showed great faith, and an understanding of authority.
Venerable Sheen said this one loved the people and did them a favour by building the synagogue.
The second one mentioned is the one at the Crucifixion. That centurion was given the name Longinus in tradition, and is considered a saint. He was the one who noted that Christ was the Son of God.
Venerable Sheen said that Longinus revealed the Heart of Christ to us in the Blood and Water from the Side of Christ-the Blood of Salvation and the Water of Sanctification.
The third centurion is Cornelius, who is in the first window on the right in the Cadet Chapel as mentioned by Sheen. His army is mentioned; this is important as a detail in Acts..
Cornelius had given alms to the poor. This is noted in the Acts. You can look up the references in Scripture to all of these men. Cornelius as you know, called for St. Peter. He and his family were converted and the Centurion is the first Gentile received into the Church-a military officer.
In Rome, finally, Paul was put under another Roman officer, allowed to preach and write and meet people.
Sheen then noted that there is one Commander above all the graduates, and that they are to be the guardians of civilization and morals.
This is no longer the case.
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Joshua 5:13-15 DR
And when Josue was in the field of the city of Jericho, he lifted up his eyes, and saw a man standing over against him: holding a drawn sword, and he went to him, and said: Art thou one of ours, or of our adversaries?And he answered: No: but I am prince of the host of the Lord, and now I am come. Josue fell on his face to the ground. And worshipping, add: What saith my lord to his servant? Loose, saith he, thy shoes from off thy feet: for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Josue did as was commanded him.
The Lord of the Heavenly Hosts is the Captain of these men. What a great sermon for these graduates. I add the entire section of the Scriptures above to which the saint refers because it stands in contrast to what happened today in the chapel. This is the end of civilization in the States.
Sadly, we have turned that corner with the fact that a senior chaplain has performed this mock marriage. The cadet chapel is pictured above. This event has made me absolutely sure that we have lost the culture war in America.