How apropos to read about the dead Maccabean soldiers, on the commemoration of the deceased Dominicans, soldiers for Christ. The Order of Preachers was founded to battle heresy. The world is a manufacturing plant for heresy. There will always be a need for soldiers for Christ. Let us pray,
2 Maccabees 12:45, 46
There are some who have died a godly death;
--they shall receive the splendid reward which awaits them
It is a holy and pious thought to make atonement for the dead,
so that they might be freed from their sins.
--They shall receive the splendid reward which awaits them.