Joshua Casteel is now a step closer to God than we here on earth are, and that is (difficult as it may be) a reason to be thankful. Joshua was an Army soldier, Abu Ghraib interogator and a Roman Catholic who devoted his life to God and to following his conscience. He was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer just days before he was to be in North Carolina for Duke Divinity School’s After the Yellow Ribbon Conference. He battled long and hard against physical ailments, but he is now in peace and without pain. The Church celebrates her holy people on the day of their death, the day they depart the camp of the Church Militant and enter the ranks of the Church Triumphant. Perhaps in time Joshua will be counted among such holy people, and if so, this day will be his feast.
I have a number of emotions and thoughts not yet fully formed, but for now, please take a moment to listen to his testimony from the Truth Commission on Conscience in War;