The Cross above all
The students at my school gave me a Camo Yankee Hat as a going-away present. I placed my chaplain’s device above interlocking NY emblem.
Most military officers are identified by the rank on their headgear, but chaplains are different, set-apart from other officers. The chaplain’s device is not about rank: it’s about religious affiliation. For the Jewish chaplain it’s an insignia of the 10 Commandments, for the Muslim chaplain it’s a crescent moon. For the Christian chaplain it’s a symbol of the Latin cross.
This upcoming, second-time around with the Army, I’m so proud to anticipate wearing a cross on my cover, more so than any rank I’ll ever hold. The sign of The Cross is more than a symbol of my religious affiliation as a Catholic priest. I pray it’s a sign of my personal identity.
As the world turns, The Cross stands still.