I know another cavalry. Thus St. Robert of Molesme, together with St. Alberico and Stephen Harding, founders of the Cistercian Order, answered his father before the proposal to become a knight of the kingdom together with his cousin, in the fictional life told by M. Raymond.
Another cavalry … the cavalry that St. Robert had sensed looking at the Crucifix confessed to the cross on the table at home; that cavalry of which St. Paul already – more than once – in his letters manifests with the humble pride and boast of those who feel reached by a greater grace: a noble grace, precisely, because noble – it is Lord / Kyrios – is He which grants it to those whose heart is sufficiently dilated to receive it.
Another cavalry … the cavalry gushed on Golgotha from the open side of Jesus: a lordship – his – manifested with the salvation offered to every man and the forgiveness invoked for his tormentors; a cavalry that is felt to rise in the intimacy, standing before it, as has happened to many members of this glorious order, before the Shroud that reverberates the passion of Christ.
This cavalry, with an ancient and very running flavor, is what moves the meeting and inspires the intentions of the Catholic Templars of Italy in this time when humanity appears so orphaned by chivalry and, above all, by God. of God, the exclusion of his Law summarized in the historical person of Jesus – the Word made flesh, crucified and risen – and the consequent indulgence of the mind and heart of men, are at the root of Evil who, as the Prince of this world, it is spreading in society and even within the Church, according to the famous expression of the blessed Paul VI who on June 29, 1972, referring to the ecclesial situation, stated: through some fissure the smoke of Satan entered the Temple of God.
Then, the venerable and blessed Pontiff, with his vibrating voice noted with particular prophetism: there is doubt, uncertainty, problematic, restlessness, dissatisfaction, confrontation. We do not trust the Church anymore. The doubt entered into our consciences, and entered through windows that instead had to be opened to light. And further on he continued: Even in the Church this state of uncertainty reigns. It was believed that after the Council a sunny day would come for the history of the Church. Instead a day of clouds, of storm, of darkness, of search, of uncertainty … And he asked himself: How could this be done ?. The Pope confided to those present his thought that he had intervened in the world and in the Church an adverse power, a power whose name is Satan. We believe – Paul VI observed – in something preternatural that came into the world precisely to disturb, to stifle the fruits of the Council, and to prevent the Church from breaking into the hymn of joy of having fully recovered the consciousness of self.
After a few months, Paul VI, intervened again on this subject. It was November 25, 1972, when during the general audience the Pope said: What are the main needs of the Church today? Do not be surprised as a simplistic, or even as superstitious and unreal, our answer: one of the greatest needs is the defense from that evil, which we call the devil (…) Evil is no longer just a deficiency, but an efficiency, a living being , spiritual, pervert and pervert. Terrible reality. Mysterious and scary. It comes out from the framework of the biblical and ecclesiastical teaching that refuses to recognize it existing; that is, who makes it a self-standing principle, not having as well, like every creature, originated from God; or he explains it as a pseudo-reality, a conceptual and fantastic personification of the unknown causes of our ailments.
It was, then, a serious and prophetic affirmation. Today it is a very serious but very current reflection. Our time is that prophesied by the Blessed Paul VI: a time when rare are those who recall the existence and the activity of the Evil One. Instead empty proclamation is proclaimed in the name of an unspecified evangelical goodness that forgives everything because everything is silent … misunderstood, and which is totally different from that Mercy, which the Supreme Pontiff Francis is constantly recalling. The advent of a universal fraternity is announced, the fruit of a crime as false as “human ecumenism”, forgetting – as the Apostle warns – that it is Christ, and only Him who has reconciled peoples and nations in his crucified flesh. One fights, one divides, one moves away, contrasting the culture of the encounter which, unlike it, is so clearly present in the journey of conversion of the Catholic Templars of Italy.
Before this horizon that Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop emeritus of Rome, defined relativism, but which we can also define religious syncretism or smoke of Satan, only a sign should still be raised to a watershed between Truth and truths; between the street and the streets; between Life and survival; between Christ and the Menzognero: it is the sign of the Cross, the sword with which Christ himself definitively changes the destiny of human life. A cross that is above all glorious as the ancient hymn Vexilla Regis sings:
The banner of the King advances, the mystery of the Cross shines, on which Jesus, our life, suffered death and gave us life with death. After being wounded by the cruel tip of an impious spear, to wash from sin he dripped water and blood. O luminous Tree dyed of royal purple, among all elected to hold up the holy members of Christ. Blessed Cross splendid raises the King of the centuries with his precious blood redeemed us from evil. Altar and you, victim, hi! Glory death is glory, life that suffers death, life gives us with death. Hi or Cross, the only hope, in this time of passion, increase grace to the just and erase sin for sinners. O most high heavenly Trinity, praise every spirit, always protect those you have saved with the mystery of the Cross. Amen. (Inno Vexilla Regis)
The Banner of Christ, in which the mystery of our universal salvation shines, is not so much the object of worship as the subject that moves the Catholic Templars of Italy in their daily commitment to strive to build up the “Civilization of love” , through the many prayer meetings, spiritual retreats, re-opening and decoration of closed churches, often abandoned to the work of the Satanist movements. That Cross license, affixed on their clothes is the memory of an inner passion from which flows the strength, enthusiasm and passion to engage the good battle of faith against Satan and all its multi-faceted form of followers. As Christ received, embracing the Blessed Cross as well as the Catholic Templars of Italy, it is requested in the name of the highest and noble cavalry of which they have been made participants, embracing and letting themselves be led by the Cross, assuming their profound spirituality with gradualness and constancy.
Yes, the Cross is generatrix of spirituality above all because on it, says the Gospel, Christ emisit spiritum: – Jesus, the Messiah and Lord, the Alpha and the Omega of history, the Amen of God threw out from self-says a radical literary translation – its spirit chespirat ubi vult – which blows where it wants to track down every man who seeks God so that he can then stay there. As at the dawn of human history God Father emisit spiritum in the nostrils of Adam giving him life, so on the Cross the Lord emisit spiritum to regenerate the children of God, to give them salvation by infusing the grace of eternal life, to wash them from sin and give back the right measure of sonship. And so these men and women, Catholic Templars of Italy, operating in the world, without wanting to appear in the world but paid to be present to God, in obedience to the Church and in communion with His Magisterium, spread the «perfume of Christ: smell of life for life “(cf 2 Cor 2: 15-16), giving testimony of the hope that is in them (cf. 1 Pt 3.15).
The Cross then generates spirituality for Christians, recalling the high honor and burden of obedience. St. Paul writes in the letter to the Philippians: Christ Jesus, though of a divine nature, did not consider his equality with God a jealous treasure; but he stripped himself, assuming the condition of a servant and becoming like men; appeared in human form, humbled himself making himself obedient until death and death on the cross. This is why God exalted him and gave him the name that is above all other names; because in the name of Jesus every knee bends in the heavens, on the earth and under the earth; and every tongue proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2: 6-11). Embracing the Cross, the Catholic Templars of Italy embrace Christ himself in the total gesture of his abandonment to the Father announced in Gethsemane, where in the silent company with the Father he pronounced those words, moving summary of his life: Father, take this cup from me ; yet not mine but your will be done.
And it is this obedience to the Gospel, rooted in obedience to the Church that is encountered by meeting the Catholic Templars of Italy.
But still. The Cross recalls the value of courage that does not stem from pride but from passion and heart. As the Lord does not suffer the Cross but grabs it to bring it to its completion, so at his school even today’s Templars do not suffer the crosses of indifference or judgment, but bring them with the courage infused in their hearts by a love more great: that brought to Christ and to His Church. And for this reason, in hiding and in the humble and constant active presence in every part of Italy, and also in the world, they become real witnesses in the existential suburbs, those of which many often speak but few live there. Yet, it is right there, in indifference built or malevolent interest, that the Catholic Templars of Italy, experiencing the blessed solitude, only beatitude (attributed to St. Bernard but attested to a Latin poet of the sixteenth century, Corneille Muys), experience the joy and the victory of the love of Christ.
The victory of the Cross, in fact, is the victory of the love of Christ and is the glory of the Templars. It is the dawn of light, it is the re-flowering of the new life, which greets on the healing trunk of the Cross.
Looking to Christ who wields his sword and even in suffering, he raises it forcefully towards the Golgotha aware that in it the Father’s Drawing is accomplished, the Templars of yesterday and today, repeat with Saint Paul: As for me .. there is no other boast than in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (Gal 6:14); and aware that in the crucified flesh of man is present the crucified flesh of Christ, they work by remembering each other that glory is to be given only to God: Non nobis Domine, non nobis: sed Nomini Tuo da gloriam (cf Ps 113) .
Father Abraham Camisani
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