Catholics should remember those who gave their lives for country and freedom, just as everyone else does on Memorial Day. Doing so at Mass is a particular way for Catholics to celebrate the day. It’s not a sin to be patriotic and to remember the sacrifice that has been made for our freedoms. Gratitude for that sacrifice is our response on Memorial Day.
At the same time, we can also pray for peace and work for solutions that will not require war and bloodshed.
Lastly, we should unite with the poor who are often victimized by war, sometimes intentionally. Think about what you can do to help those how are victims and refugees of war. Volunteer to work with refugees in your community or make a donation to an organization like Catholic Relief Services or Caritas that promotes peace and provides humanitarian relief in places ravaged by war.