THE MIRACLE OF FATHER KAPAUN: A REVIEW
The Miracle of Father Kapaun
By Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying
Ignatius Press 2013
Father Emil Kapaun was a man so incredible that he was recently awarded the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military award for valor. Beyond that, at this very moment The Vatican is considering seriously whether to make Kapaun a saint ! Wenzl and Heying wrote this book to attempt to describe to us this incredible man.
The book begins with Kapaun’s actions in the battle of Unsan during the Korean War. Kapaun had re-entered the Army Chaplain Corps after having already served there during World War II. It was the chaplain’s actions during this battle that won him posthumously the Distinguished Service Cross, our nation’s second highest honor. Relying on the accounts of men who were there, this book provides a factual, account of Kapaun’s actions that will demand your attention.
The next several chapters of what many consider Kapaun’s greater courage while in the prisoner of war camp. He gave his own food to those who were starving, he buoyed morale with his visits and his example. He tended to the wounded often ignoring his own wounds, and frail health.It was his actions here, added to his bravery at Unsan that convinced our public and military officials to upgrade him to the Medal of Honor.
The last part of the book talks about the case for sainthood within the Roman Catholic Church. It discusses in detail two l stories that should qualify as miracles necessary to advance the chaplain’s case. The details of these two stories will warm your heart and strengthen your own faith. This is one of those rare books that begs you to read one more page, one more chapter before you set it down.
Wnezl and Heying lay out this story so convincingly I feel as if I knew Kapaun even though he died in a P.O.W. Camp a dozen years before I was born. I have been a chaplain myself both as an organizational chaplain, and as chaplain in a fire department. Father (Captain) Emil Kapaun showed himself by his deeds to be everything, every chaplain strives to be. That makes this book required reading for anybody interested in chaplaincy ministry. If you can read this book and not understand what a chaplain’s ministry is all about, you’ll never get it.
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