Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Francis in the Saga

I was thinking about Pope Francis I and Gilbert Keith FRANCIS Chesterton, whose wife was FRANCES Blogg... and I decided to give you just a brief and possibly relevant excerpt for your contemplation during the Triduum.
Sitting there in his dimly lighted room, Steve recalled (with the power of his trained memory) how St. Paul had written it: “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.”[1 Cor 13:11]

Some time ago, Steve had spoken with Father Stensen about this, since he was a serious young man, and wanted to proceed with the approval of authority. Father Stensen had nodded solemnly, recalling the wisdom Pope Innocent III had shown to the enthusiastic John Bernardone[see below] and had first pointed out the famous contrary line in the gospel: “Unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”[Mt 18:3] He had then listened to Steve’s plans, and found them nothing more strenuous than the regimen undertaken by any serious athlete. Being a wise priest, and seeing Steve’s aptness for such discipline, he pointed out another verse from the book Steve had already quoted: “Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize. So run that you may obtain. And every one that striveth for the mastery refraineth himself from all things. And they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown: but we an incorruptible one.” The priest wondered, too, if this could be the sign of a vocation, and determined to keep a careful watch. Reassured, Steve proceeded to strive for the mastery.
[PJF The Tree of Virtues]

Note: John Berardone is St. Francis of Assisi. See GKC’s book St. Francis of Assisi, especially CW2:96-8 and 127-8, but the critical line is this: “...the Church could include all that was good in the Franciscans and the Franciscans could not include all that was good in the Church.” CW2:128

Monday, March 25, 2013

Nine Months Until Christmas

Since it is Holy Week, the great feast of the Annunciation is deferred. Yet by the calendar it is nine months until the birthday of Christ, a day of most special significance to the Equester Ordo and to the Saga.

And despite it being Holy Week, I will announce the Good News that part 12 of the Saga, entitled Esto Miles Pacificus, is now available! See here for details.

In case you are wondering, the title comes from the formula for the making of a Knight:
Esto miles pacificus, strenuus, fidelis, et Deo Devotus.

Be a knight of peace, vigorous, faithful, and devoted to God.

[From De Benedictione Novi Militis (For the Blessing of a New Knight) in Pontificale Romanum]
If you want to know more about that ritual, you can find it here.

I am sure you will want to know more - but if you do, you will need to read the book.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Part 11 now available!

Yes, it was a long winter, and we have a new Pope - and there's more good news:

Part 11 of the Saga De Bellis Stellarum is now available! It is called Ite Milites Audaces... and you can order it here.

I strongly advise you not to go peeking, but then that really holds true for the entire Saga. There's just too many beans which could be spilled.

Next is Esto Miles Pacificus, and perhaps I will get the prequel out soon also - that's the one about Joe the Control Room Guy. (No it's not about a short guy who finds a ring. Hee hee.)

In other news, I've started going over the last part (#13) and will begin turning that crank shortly - and just in case you are wondering whether there could be any more to come... ah, well, keep wondering.