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St. Basilides (2nd century)
Basilides was a pagan Roman soldier. He protected St. Potomiana from a mob while she was being led to her martyrdom. For three nights after her death, she appeared to him and told him that she was praying for his conversion. He converted and was later beheaded for his faith.

Reflections from the Saints

Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.
– St. Ambrose
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2310

Public authorities, in this case, have the right and duty to impose on citizens the obligations necessary for national defense. Those who are sworn to serve their country in the armed forces are servants of the security and freedom of nations. If they carry out their duty honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace.