Thomas J. Serafin, V.V.
age of chivalry is gone"; but the age of chivalry will never be
wholly past, while faith survives and wrongs remain to be redressed.
Wherever, and so far as, the true Catholic faith, and the imitation
of Christ and His saints, inspire a population, a class, or an individual,
there, and in that proportion, the spirit of chivalry, dormant and entranced
as it seems now, will ever live. This is a statement regarding the shameful
excesses of the French Jacobins, yet it could very well be applicable
mentality is so sorrowfully absent in this day and age. Historians refer
to the period of times within the age of chivalry as the "dark
ages." How funny; a time with morals, values, faith, dignity, and
honor referred to as dark. Maybe the dark referred to the souls of those
who were the object of the crusades.
International Crusade for Holy Relics was established to return the
remains of our Christian saints to the lofty station they so rightly
deserve. Throughout the 20th century we witnessed the loss of respect
and the veneration due to the lives and legends of our saints. The lives
and deeds of saints that were carried on by oral tradition have now
by "modern historians and theologians" been wrongfully deemed
as legends. The term "legend": from the Latin - legenda, "something
to be read." A legend was originally an account of a martyr or
other saint to be publicly read on his feast day. When we attack the
legend, the oral tradition, we are also attacking the basis of Scripture.
person can easily find passages in the Bible that instruct us to hold
onto oral traditions.
Thessalonians, Chapter 2 - 14
brethen, stand firm: and hold the traditions which you have learned,
whether by word, or by our epistle.
Thessalonians, Chapter 3 - 6
we charge you, brethen, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you
withdraw yourselves from every brother walking disorderly, and not according
to the tradition which they have received of us.
Timothy, Chapter 2 - 2
the things, which thou hast heard from me before many witnesses, the
same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.
in todays society faith has been turned into fairytale. Any reasonable
person can understand that stories are always a little embellished for
the benefit of both parties. Our intelligence should allow us to sort
fact from fiction. It is our lack of faith that blinds us.
how an individual in entertainment or sports can be considered a legend.
Society judges their accomplishments; behavior, values, morals, and
worth as a performer / entertainer totally disregarding the same attributes
in their private lives. The excuse that is common place when they fail
is, " their only human beings, like you and me." That's fine,
but why are they considered legends? "Legends" are people
of exceptional life style, a charitable loving and sacrificing virtuous
life that has produced fruit. A saint is judged on the entirety of his/her
life, the virtues and accomplishments, not how many top 10 hits or homeruns.
How can the lives of the saints be referred to as legends/fairytales?
Are we to believe that they didn't exist? Or is it because the same
values that existed 500 years ago don't exist today and are for the
most part considered unnecessary? In the classic, "The Imitation
of Christ" we are reminded, "Honor the Saints and follow their
examples and you will have friends waiting to receive you into everlasting
dwellings when your life here is ended." Chapter 23-8