Catholic Military Life Podcast

Father Jason E. Hesseling, CH, MAJ (USA)

May 7, 2021

Father Jason E. Hesseling, CH (MAJ), USA, was recently awarded the U.S. Army Order of St. Martin of Tours Chaplaincy Award for his service to the Catholic community at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. The award is given to a chaplain or religious affairs specialist who has demonstrated “the highest standards of integrity and moral character,” displayed “an outstanding degree of professional competence,” and “selflessly served soldiers and families, and contributed to the promotion of the Army Chaplaincy. Father Hesseling serves with endorsement and faculties from the AMS. In this edition of Catholic Military Life he talks about his life and service as a U.S. Army chaplain and how he came to receive the Army Chaplain Corps’ most prestigious award.

Dr. Nancy Sherman On Moral Injury And Stoicism

April 27, 2021

Is it a virtue to endure hardship without complaint? The Stoics of Ancient Greece certainly thought so. In her new book, “Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience,” Dr. Nancy Sherman, a Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and former holder of the inaugural Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy, cites evidence the practice of stoicism can actually help treat a condition afflicting many in the Military: moral injury, the spiritual agony suffered from committing, failing to prevent, or witnessing an act contradicting one’s deeply-held moral beliefs. In this edition of Catholic Military Life, Dr. Sherman shares insights to be published in her new book, out May 11, 2021. Preregistration is open at Amazon or wherever books are sold.

Father Daniel R. Sweeney, SJ,
Prayerbook Editor

April 20, 2021

Since 2004, the Knights of Columbus have funded publication of “Armed with the Faith,” a Catholic prayerbook specifically for Catholics in the U.S. Military. The pocket-size, water-resistant prayerbook is designed for use anywhere those who serve may find themselves. “Armed with the Faith” has proven to be so popular all available copies have been distributed and the prayerbook is currently out of stock. In this podcast, Father Daniel R. Sweeney, S.J., a U.S. Air Force chaplain colonel and the prayerbook’s editor, reveals a new edition will soon go to press and shares when “Armed with the Faith” will once again be available to Catholics in uniform.

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