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Retro Holy Card | Fr. Emil Kapaun

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Catholic priests have a legacy of risking their lives for their flock, and Fr. Kapaun is a shining example of that! Now you can carry (or frame) a reminder of this man whose heroics and bravery during the Korean War saved lives, strengthened souls, and caused many to call for his sainthood! Designed in the style of classic baseball cards, these “heavy cards” from Spirit Juice are crafted from artisan-grade 32pt (380lb) cardstock and are designed to take a beating, endure some wear, and survive the little hands of our saints in training (our children, of course)! What can I say? We’re passionate about paper…and quality…and evangelization!

Our small and medium prints don't just look good, they feel good...exuding a tangible quality and long-lasting reminder of Fr. Kapaun’s sacrifice. The small size is exactly credit card-sized, meaning it will easily fit in a wallet or as a bookmark in your Bible, hymnal, Liturgy of the Hours, or missal. The medium size is perfect for framing, but they'll also sit nicely on a desk or keep your page in your favorite book all while maintaining their structural rigidity and standing up to recurring use and daily life (unlike lesser-quality paper stocks). On the back of these small and medium prints, we include a beautifully designed reminder of the saint's life; their birth and death, notable information, and a reminder of why we look to them as examples of holiness and Godliness. Stickers are permanent vinyl stickers that are dishwasher safe and designed to withstand some abuse!

This design is part of our "20th Century Visionaries" collection.


Father Emil Kapaun

Born: April 20th, 1916 | Died: May 23rd, 1951

Bio: "The life of the Holy Family was a life of true happiness. In order to have happiness in our Christian families we must practice the virtue of self-sacrifice.” Father Emil Kapaun was born on a farm in Pilsen, Kansas in 1916. He chose to practice self-sacrifice not only through the vocation of the priesthood, but as that of a military chaplain. In the Korean War, Father Kapaun risked his life to minister to soldiers on the front lines. During the Battle of Unsan, he chose to stay behind with the wounded rather than retreat with the rest of his unit. Father Kapaun was captured and forced to march sixty miles to a prisoner of war camp. In the camp, Father Kapaun served his fellow prisoners without partiality. They later attested to his bravery and self-sacrifice. One particular act of Father Kapaun’s that embodied this was the stealing of food and medicine from the guards for the other prisoners, often foregoing his own share. Eventually, Father Kapaun contracted pneumonia and died, after blessing his captors and asking them for forgiveness. Many of his fellow soldiers believed that they survived only because of Father Kapaun’s self-sacrificing assistance.

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