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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Rosary Saves the Life of a Young British Soldier in Afghanistan

Glenn Hockton, 19,  wearing the miraculous rosary that saved his life

Near the end of World War II, British soldier Joseph "Sunny" Truman with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was captured with six other soldiers in his platoon. Forced to march across a field away from the advancing Allied armies, Truman spotted a rosary on the ground. As he bent down to pick it up a bomb nearby suddenly exploded. He was the only one of his captured platoon to survive the blast.

Sixty five years later in 2010, a rosary would save the life of his grandson Glenn Hockton, 19, with the Coldstream Guards in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Before he was deployed, Glenn asked his mother for a rosary to take with him. She recounts the miraculous story, "He felt like he had a slap on the back. He bent down to pick up his rosary to see if it was broken. As he bent down he realized he was on a landmine."

Glenn knew that stepping off the landmine would mean instant death because it would spring up and explode. The only thing he could do was stand there and wait for help. For 45 terrifying minutes, he waited while his colleagues successfully managed to get to him.

The landmine incident wasn't the only time Glenn's life was miraculously spared. On a separate occasion, he was shot and the bullet embedded itself in his body armor. He was winded, but otherwise unhurt. His mother and stepfather keep the bullet as a reminder of Divine Providence.

Glenn's mother Sheri Jones with the bullet retrieved from his body armor

The rosary is our Holy Mother's powerful armor against the opposing forces of man as well as the spirit. Pray the rosary daily for the safety of our young men and women in the military!

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