Thursday, June 30, 2005

Speaking of Being a Hero

Of course, we need all the inspiration we can get. Here is a lovely illustration of Gustave Dore, with the young crusader bidding good-bye to his beautiful wife and children, his squire readying his horse in the courtyard. The wife takes up the sword that is dedicated to Our Lady's honor to give it to her husband. Perhaps the young crusader is afraid. Perhaps he is stunned by the import of the moment. Perhaps he is thinking, "The readiness is all." Perhaps he is humming a Chesterton poem, prophetically.

This is the dawn of each day for us--taking up the sword, hearts filled with enthusiasm, bravely to run the race and fight the fight and keep the faith.

Being dedicated to the honor of Our Lady would be a swell chivalry to revive and relive!

Our Lady, Queen of Victory, pray for us!


Anonymous said...

The Dore engraving is inspiring itself. Perhaps if more art were created to strengthen the weak heart in us all, to inspire us to live for something beyond ourselves...goodness, truth and beauty.

Perry Lorenzo said...

Don't you imagine the duty is our own--we are the ones who must start making inspiring Christian art--either in music, poetry, words, paintings, sculptures? Have you checked out the wonderful journal IMAGE, headquartered at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle? Like C.S.Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, who didn't like the contemporary literature available to them, and who thus decided to write the books they themselves would love to read, so too we must starting creating and sharing Art that gives people a glimpse of God's Beauty and inspires people to live lives of Goodness and Truth!

Justin Dziowgo said...

Joseph Pearce's journal St. Austin Review is a good magazine about reinstituting Catholic culture. Most of the issues are thematic, and I've enjoyed the issues I've read. Their website is

Perry Lorenzo said...

Reinstituting Catholic Culture. It's happening. The Re-Enchantment of Christendom. You all should read Aiden Nichols' Christendom Awake!!!

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