Tag Archives: Soldiers

With humility comes wisdom

I heard about a newly commissioned officer in the Army who stopped to buy a soft drink from a vending machine but found he had no change. So he stopped a passing soldier and asked him if he had change … Continue reading

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No-one feels a nobody when they are part of a great endeavour

When Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London was being built, somebody asked one of the stonemasons what he did. He replied blandly that he cut stone. He asked the same question of another mason, who said that he was building a … Continue reading

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The Hell Where Youth and Laughter Go

On this ANZAC Day it behoves us to consider again the memories that those thousands of returned servicemen and women are unable to share with those of us who’ve never been where they went. Siegfied Sassoon, the famous soldier poet … Continue reading

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Change of Identity

The French writer, Henri Barbusse, tells of a conversation overheard in a dugout full of wounded men during World War 1. One of them, who knew he had little time left to live, said to another man: “Listen, Dominic. You’ve … Continue reading

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No Gain Without Pain

I remember, when I was a young Army chaplain, listening to the Commandant of the Recruit Training Battalion giving the opening address to dozens of young men who were about to participate in a character guidance course, which I was … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget

Tomorrow, I will join tens of thousands of Australians, in hundreds of locations around Australia and beyond, to participate in an ANZAC Day dawn service The ANZAC Day Dawn Service evokes deep feelings that go beyond mere national pride – … Continue reading

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