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World War I veteran turns pacifist.

Click here for the full BBC news article, an obituary of Louis de Cazenave, the penultimate French survivor of WWI, who died recently at age 110.  About three quarters of the way through the article Mr. Cazenave is quoted;

"Mr. de Cazenave's family say the experience, which led to French mutinies, left him a pacifist."

"War is something absurd, useless, that nothing can justify. Nothing," he told Le Monde newspaper in a 2005 interview.

"In that interview, he described walking through fields of wounded soldiers calling for their mothers, begging to be finished off. "

How many more veterans come to this understanding after seeing the horrors, useless absurdities and waste of life caused by war?  Let us pray the Holy Spirit can convince those who call themselves Christian (like those French and Germans did back then), to put down their worldly weapons before they take the life of those created in God's own image.  For those who have disobeyed our Lord's command to reconciliation and non-violence, let them experience the forgiveness and release from guilt that only Jesus is able to grant.