Post by Admin on Aug 23, 2018 9:39:30 GMT
Fill up the spirit of truth
by a priest [unknown]
by a priest [unknown]
"A man without study is like an unarmed soldier"
It was an old saying of men of the Middle Ages, a Catholic age formed under the aegis of the holy Gospels and the Rule of St. Benedict. Men occupied by their state duties, aware that they were part of a whole social order that worshiped and recognized the social Kingship of Our Lord. Men who valued the truth at the price of their lives (chivalry), and even the sacrifice of their lives (monastic life). How many of them have filled the ranks of the monastic militia and orders of chivalry, following the King who invited all men to "sell all that they possessed, take up his cross and follow him". The names of these heroes still ring in the streets, even nowadays; names such as Saint Benedict, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint Robert of Molesmes, Pope Saint Gregory VII, St. Thomas Beckett, St. Louis, St. Ferdinand III, St. Edward, St. Olivier Plunkett, & c. All had in high esteem the use of the noblest faculty given to man, whose object is the highest, namely to impregnate the spirit of Truth and to fight for Him, which is the only Way, Truth, and Life, Our Lord. As they had understood it so well, there is no other!
The weapons which every man, created for the beatific vision, must know, and whose work he must love, is the time devoted to study. The study of the truth in every science, study of the Holy Scriptures, the Fathers, the writings of the Saints, encyclicals of the popes, works on the crisis in the Church, & c. must be familiar weapons to everyone. Each one must always try to find time to drink the wine of the contemplation of the Truth, without which they become weak, and fill their inner emptiness with futilities and useless distractions, whose eternal enemy is so rich!
Think of it as indispensable labor; as a part of your diet. Physicians need to stay abreast of medical breakthroughs, the mechanics of the best techniques and the builders of the best tools. For many of them, the fate of their family depends on it. It is the same for our eternal salvation and our duties as confirmed soldiers to build the Mystical Body of Christ, we must make the study and the love of the Truth THE priority!
Part of the time spent on these readings can be done alone, with friends, with her spouse, or even with her family. Listening to sermons, lectures, or audio books can make travel time to work a time well spent in moving toward the goal. "Ab inimico disce", says the old axiom, "learn from the enemy". See how the men given to Mammon sacrifice everything for their useless gains! Communists, Muslims, Zionists, Freemasons, Modernists, Satanists, will stop at nothing, endure all tribulations, have heroic patience, and for what? To achieve their goal! Goals that completely coincide with the plans of the devil!
How much more the children of the Light, the men of Tradition, the soldiers of Christ the King should endure for the victory of the causes cause: the social reign of Christ! Satan, Luther, Muhammad have never been able to say as Christ did: "I will reign in spite of my enemies", "All power has been given to me in heaven and on earth", "You would have no power on me, if it were not given to you by my Father.
Prayer, study and good works are the essence of every good Catholic fight. Faith must be known and loved. "May the knowledge of Christ dwell in you abundantly! Exclaims St. Paul, addressing the first Christians. Prayer and study go hand in hand, just as good works do. Certainly, "a man without study is like a soldier without arms"! Fight, the rosary in one hand, the sword of Faith in the other!
"If you do not read, you will soon become traitors because you will not understand the problem! "(Abbe Aulagnier, quoted by Archbishop Lefebvre)
Translated and adapted from here.