Mia Culpa


Bought in a charity shop. A 1942 missal containing lots of Sterbebilder (prayer cards)
Sterbebilder are Roman Catholic remembrance cards for those who have died, most commonly in war. Once common across all European Catholic countries.

These fit with the theme, and exploration, of falling/ fallen which I am following at the moment.

The cards invite us to pray for those German soldiers men who were killed in the war.
How does that feel to me now – as they were the enemy?
Maybe they personally committed atrocities? We don’t know.
Is it time to forgive and move on?
Do younger people approach this differently?
Is it even relevant now when so few people pray at all?

My Mother, who lived though the war, used to say they were all somebody’s son.  She had it right I think.


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