"War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, yeah."
This is the opening line of the song "War" by Edwin Starr.
The lyrics of the song tells us everything we need to know about the futility of war. Can any of us find anything good that can be said about war?
This book brings into sharp focus, the horrors of the First World War (1914-1918).
We can pause for a while and reflect on the cold reality of its consequences for more than 200 of our St Patrick's parishioners who gave their lives. Many of the victims were young men, some in their teens, many just boys, marching off, saying goodbye to family and friends, never to return home again. What thoughts filled their hearts? Did they fully realise the cause they were fighting for? Were their hearts filled with fear and terror at the thought of facing the enemy?
War is nothing new. War is as old as the human race. There is abundant evidence to be found in the books of the Old Testament of war and warring factions, and indeed many of the conflicts we read there, show the intervention of God and his approval of one side or other in the conflict.