CNS—Priest finds calling in bringing Christ’s presence to wounded soldiers

Posted by Kendall Harmon

To watch Capuchin Father James Stump at work is to see a Christ-centered "ministry of presence" in action as a daily routine.

A chaplain at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, Father Stump makes his rounds with one purpose in mind: to invite sick and wounded veterans to encounter the living Christ.

Father Stump is quick in his step and quick with a joke as he goes about his work.

Accompanied by a reporter on one of his recent rounds, he joked to a Marine on the move down the hallway in a wheelchair to "watch the speed limit." They chatted about the Marine's spinal reconstruction surgery. But in a moment, without a break in the informality, the priest prayed over the patient and asked that Jesus "show his face to you, have mercy on you."

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