Knight & Day: Fighting the Good Fight!editor
From Damsel of the Faith (USA) – By email…
I thought the readers of Catholic truth, especially our Catholic men, would enjoy this poem, personally composed by myself. May it inspire you all to keep fighting for the truth of Catholic Tradition.
“Rise up, knight, the Holy Church needs you to fight for her honor against those who would dishonor such a great and glorious Queen.
Faith, Charity, Truth, Valor, Prudence and Fortitude, these are your beatitudes, with the whole armor of God and your feet shod to proclaim the Gospel of Our Lord and God.
Fearless and courageous, with the sword of truth in your hand and the love of Christ in your heart to reach the promised land.
Where art her defenders in her greatest hour, to wrest the forces of evil from those who are in power, for the hour grows late?
Stand out from the rest in your courage and bravery, militancy and hatred for the slavery of Modernism, for then we shall see who is the best.
Fight like you mean it for truth, justice and honor, and for all that is right, with your whole mind, soul and might for this is the hallmark of a true knight.
When the hour grows late and weary you grow, remember who you fight for, namely the Church of the Lord, with all manner of foes inflicting upon her the most bitter of blows to bring her to ruin.
To Rome you must ride with the Holy Angels of God on your side, for Christendom, the Church, in Hoc Signo Vinces, until she arise with the newness of life in her eyes, at her glorious and grand restoration.
Satan encamps around the Church of our Master always inflicting all sorts of disaster, to cause the destruction of souls in the hereafter, always with such gleeful laughter.
And so, Knight of the Church, fight you must for your duty to God is to be militant and brave, for His honor and glory so that souls might be saved.
Rise up, knight. The Church is in need of brave knights who will never give up the fight, to fight till the death even till the very last breath, for the Bride of Christ, the Holy Church.”
how many Catholics today, including those raised in the Church prior to Vatican II, remember their obligation to be “Knights” – or “Soldiers of Jesus Christ”? Not many, by my reckoning – what thinkest thou? Or, in all truth, was there ever a time when the laity properly understood their vocation to be Soldiers of Christ – and were encouraged by the clergy to fight the good fight?
With thanks to “Damsel of the Faith” for sending us the above lovely poem.
What a beautiful poem!
I love it all, but this bit hit me between the eyes: “Fearless and courageous, with the sword of truth in your hand and the love of Christ in your heart to reach the promised land.”
How beautiful that sentiment is!
I’m afraid I don’t think many Catholics today realise they are supposed to be soldiers of Christ. I never hear that phrase or see it anywhere except on this blog. I would say that it’s because of the ecumenical movement but I’m not 100% sure that it was really understood even before that.
For me, though, that was a beautiful read. I’m not a poetry buff but I think Damsel of the Faith has a real talent there!
Thank you, Laura. For someone who does not regularly write poetry (and figured she couldn’t!), I was pleased with the outcome. I can only hope that a few souls will be inspired to take up the fight.
Oh, so do I, DOTF, so do I – and thank you again for sending us the poem to discuss. I truly appreciate your charity.
WOW, Damsel of the Faith, if you can write poetry like that without much practice, that’s something else! I really think it’s an inspiration.
I was around before Vatican II and we often heard sermons about our duty to be Soldiers of Christ. However, as anyone who held membership of the Legion of Mary will tell you, the same priests who preached that truth very often failed when it came to permitting us to act as Soldiers of Christ.
In my own parish, growing up, we had three very good preachers and all drove home the message that we must be active in the lay apostolate. Imagine our disappointment then when, time after time, we would seek permission to do this or that work, only to be discouraged or outright refused. For example, when we had a newly built hall, we (Legionaries) suggested going from home to home in the streets around the church to ask the non-Catholics we met if they would be interested in attending firstly a little social for a cup of tea, just to chat, with a view to gauging interest in the possibility of organising some talks for non-Catholics (to be delivered by the priests – we weren’t asking to do that). Eventually we got permission to do the home visitations but when we returned, delighted, to say we had met several non-Catholics keen to take up our invitation, the whole thing was shelved.
Talking the talk but not walking the walk seems to have been more common than perhaps some wearing rose-coloured specs would like to think.
That was my experience in the Legion as well – often we couldn’t get a priest to take on the duties of spiritual director which really on amounted to coming into the meeting once a week for a few minutes, although really good SDs came for the whole meeting.
I loved the poem. It is truly inspiring.
I remember when a local Knights of St Columba could not get a chaplain from a fairly large deanery…all too busy….but one priest self appointed to a local famous football team!
I love the poem as well and thought this line was brilliant
“Satan encamps around the Church of our Master always inflicting all sorts of disaster, to cause the destruction of souls in the hereafter, always with such gleeful laughter.”
I’ve never been keen on poetry, to tell the truth, so it says something that I read that one right through (and liked it!) LOL!
Thanks, Nicky! Glad you like it! 🙂
That was my second favourite line, I’ve just posted may first favourite below! I’m not sure if we’re supposed to have favourite lines in a poem LOL!
I agree about the poem – it is really gorgeous and inspiring.
I also agree about the priests not encouraging lay apostolic work. It’s only if you are willing to give out Holy Communion at Mass or at Communion services that you are allowed to work in the church. The Legion people in parishes that I know of, actually do that, they serve as Eucharistic ministers, so they’re obviously not fighting their corner. They should read Damsel’s poem and maybe reflect on this bit in particular – “Fight like you mean it for truth, justice and honor, and for all that is right, with your whole mind, soul and might for this is the hallmark of a true knight.
Arnaud de Lassus has died aged 95 RIP, funeral on Monday 30th at Versailles…Now THERE was a man and a Knight. More details on the Remnant +
As this thread is about Knights, I suggest all readers Google “Knights of Malta scandal” it’s on CRUX as well, where the Pope is unhappy that the Grand Master Fra’ Festing’s sacking of the Foreign Minister Boeslager (whose brother is on the Vatican bank)..reason for sacking Boeslager was involved with condom distribution !
Knights of Malta is a Sovereign State….Bergoglio hauls in Fra’ Festing and FORCES HIM to sign a resignation letter ON THE SPOT….Parolin says that Grand Master Festing’s orders involving Boeslager (his sacking) is now null and void..Ergo Boeslager is back and the Grand Master is OUT and the Vatican is now going to take over the Knights of Malta which is a Sovereign order……I am going to say this, as it needs saying. Bergoglio is one nasty piece of work and a tyrant and subject to capricious whims.Notice the reason on this one…Foreign Minister in catholic organisation gets sacked by his boss for distributing condoms.Pope sacks the boss and reinstates the sacked employee,while cutting across all protocols for another sovereign state!!! This is despicable. Now how can anyone ever have confidence that they could extract a Personal Prelature out of this Pope that is worth the paper it is written on?
Read the Catholic Herald folks and you will see that the Vatican as a Sovereign State has due to Bergoglio’s action has overnight destroyed the Sovereignty of the Knights of Malta. This is a Diplomatic disaster and crassness beyond belief…now this has opened the door for ITALY to challenge/dispense with the Sovereignty of the Vatican…..Parolin is a Bergoglio gauleiter….again it points to the deviousness of the internal machinations of the Vatican….given that Bergoglio ignores the Dubia, Pinto threatens the Cardinals hats will be swimming with the fishes, Bergoglio demands the sacking of three CDF priests and effectively tells Muller to button his lip and points to the door and says he does not need to explain himself to anyone and now the forced sacking of Fra’ Mathew Festing by the Pope himself then this tells me as a man of the world we have a dangerous Czar running the church who is now totally out of control.
Check out Rorate Caeli folks and Prof Mattei on the Temporal power of the Pope and in particular the last paragraph on the reformation of the Knights of Malta…this is a coup and also aimed at Cardinal Burke.
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