“May God’s blessings rest upon each of you on this Christmas Day.” G.S. Patton, Jr, Lieutenant General, Commanding, Third United States Army.

“Chaplain, I am a strong believer in Prayer. There are three ways that men get
what they want; by planning, by working, and by Praying. Any great military
operation takes careful planning, or thinking. Then you must have well-trained
troops to carry it out: that’s working. But between the plan and the operation
there is always an unknown. That unknown spells defeat or victory, success or
failure. It is the reaction of the actors to the ordeal when it actually comes.
Some people call that getting the breaks; I call it God. God has His part, or
margin in everything, That’s where prayer comes in. Up to now, in the Third
Army, God has been very good to us. We have never retreated; we have suffered no
defeats, no famine, no epidemics. This is because a lot of people back home are
praying for us. We were lucky in Africa, in Sicily, and in Italy. Simply because
people prayed. But we have to pray for ourselves, too. A good soldier is not
made merely by making him think and work. There is something in every soldier
that goes deeper than thinking or working–it’s his “guts.” It is something that
he has built in there: it is a world of truth and power that is higher than
himself. Great living is not all output of thought and work. A man has to have intake as well. I don’t know what you it, but I call it Religion, Prayer, or God.”  (from:The True Story of The Patton Prayer by Msgr. James H. O’Neill (From the Review of the News 6 October 1971) http://www.pattonhq.com/prayer.html