A few of you can still remember being in church in 1939 when the Second World War began as Germany refused to withdraw from Poland. At Catsfield the flying over of an unknown plane and the fear of a possible attack actually led to the service being abandoned. Peaceful as our villages are today it is hard to imagine that they were once in the flight path of German bombers and the highly feared doodlebugs. More than one person has the painful memories of having to dive under a hedge in panic at what might be about to ensue. It is not surprising that it was felt necessary to evacuate so many of the children.

Thankfully, however, frightening the situation may have been on the home front the British Isles were never successfully invaded. Other countries were not spared the pain of occupation. We went to war for the rights of an independent Poland and that country suffered terrible cruelty at the hands of a regime which considered the Poles to be sub-human.

I recently watched a film about the early life of Karol Wojtyla, the man who went on to become the first ever Polish pope. He experienced at first hand the horrors of occupation and the film shows how he struggled with the evil around him. In a memorable scene when he is rescued by a friend it is pointed out to him that only love can win through in the end. These early experiences of a total lack of respect for the dignity of men and women also gave him an unswerving conviction in the sanctity of all human life.

This Remembrance Sunday we rightly remember those who have died in war and those currently serving, but we also need to pledge ourselves to work for that universal love, which only wants the best for all people.  We walk in the steps of Jesus Christ who went to the cross showing love right to the end. We work for that better way so there is no more war.

Father Michael

Posted By: valerie

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