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A Priest Who Died a Hero at Pearl Harbor Honored by the US Navy

December 23, 2017

Seventy-six years after his heroic death, the Catholic military chaplain on board the USS Oklahoma was honored posthumously by the US Navy for gallantry in action.

On December 7, 1941, the USS Oklahoma sank 50 feet deep in the Japanese army’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. It brought down nearly 400 sailors with it, recalled The Des Moines Register in its December 7, 2017 issue. Hundreds of them were trapped under the decks as water rushed into the ship.

Among them was Sub-Lieutenant Aloysius Schmitt, a Catholic chaplain on board the Oklahoma . When water started coming into the compartment, and the crew tried to save his life, the priest chose to help other sailors escape instead.

76 years later, on December 7, 2017, the family of Fr. Aloysius Schmitt assisted at a commemorative ceremony and Mass at the Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Their uncle was awarded a posthumous Silver Star, a decoration granted for gallantry in action.

The priest’s rusted chalice and his breviary damaged by the water were found in the ship, but his body was never found. 

Sources: The Des Moines Register / Aleteia / FSSPX.News

Our Lady Appears At Fatima

Specators of the Miracle of the Sun

On May 13, 1917, the children did not know the confused condition of the world. They had not heard the voice of Pope Benedict XV, who had addressed himself to the Mother of Mankind, asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to look upon the world in tears, to sympathize with the wailing of innocent children, the anguished cries of mothers and wives. This was the day on which the Queen of Heaven had decided to answer the Holy Father’s plea.

Around noon, the children were startled by a sudden flash of lightning. Looking up, they saw no sign of a storm. The sky had never been so beautiful, nor the valley more peaceful. Again came the flash.

Fearing now that a sudden storm would overtake them, they ran in the direction of the little cave. As they turned, they were startled to see a beautiful lady standing in one of the little oak trees nearby. “Do not be afraid. I will do you no harm,” said the beautiful lady. Unafraid, Lucy questioned:

Where is Your Grace from?
I am of Heaven.Shall I go to Heaven?
Yes, you will.”

Then, thinking of her companions:

And Jacinta?
Also!And Francisco?
Also, but he will have to say many rosaries."

Indeed, Francisco became an inspiration to the others. One day the girls were so busy playing that they did not think of Francisco until lunch time. “Francisco,” they called, “Are you ready to eat lunch with us?” “No, I don’t want any lunch.” Later they asked what he was doing, “I was thinking of Our Lord, Who is sad because of so many sins. How I wish I could make Him happy!” Another time they called him to play, and he simply held up his rosary. “Oh, say that later.” “Now, and later too,” answered the boy. “Don’t you remember that Our Lady said I would have to say many rosaries?”

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