Unam Sanctam Catholicam has said something today that I’ve longed to hear for quite some time. It’s about pacifism. Pacifism is not noble, honorable, or loving. It’s only capitulation. It takes the side of the aggressor. Pacifism or simply put, ‘choosing to lose,’ is just the modern Western spirit applied to war.
The same spirit behind pacifism also drives cultural diversity, religious pluralism, ecumenism, family destruction, forced depravity, and the corrupt faux democracy we tolerate right now.
It is easy to sit in the comfort of modern society and cast harsh judgements on our forefathers that have come before us. Not very long ago a somewhat popular priest in pop culture thought he had the right to cast judgement and declare that the holy St Bernard’s preaching of the crusades was wrong. That is a crime. Bernard of Clairvaux should be the saint of our time. I wish the example was only limited to that but, there are countless examples going back decades of the error of pacifism creeping its unwelcome tentacles into the Church. Diabolic Utopian sentiments [how true!] are flung carelessly from our highest pulpits demanding a world without war, a world without violence. “Violence is never conquered by violence, but by peace!” Is that Catholic or is it cowardice and negligence?
It was not always so though, there was a time where the Church defended her sheep with steel instead of empty platitudes and fuzzy feelings. What do you think God is more pleased with? God gave Moses the Holy Land but Joshua had to fight for it. No shirking or complaining was tolerated. But that was before we evolved, you see. God would never set us up like that today, yes? GOD IS DIFFERENT NOW.
Before you can offer the sacrifice at the Cathedral altar, you have to clear the land of enemies of God and make a Holy protected place. Things have always been thus. Where are God’s enemies now? EVERYWHERE.
Lets look at what happened during the preaching of the 2nd crusade by St Bernard:
“In every place on his journey and wrought the most astonishing and instantaneous cures : the blind recovered their sight ; to the deaf and dumb hearing and speech were restored ; the paralytic received the use of their limbs; the possessed, the lunatic, and the demoniac were delivered from the spirits which tormented them. But the greatest of his miracles was the conversion of hardened hearts and the penances to which public sinners submitted.” excerpt from St Bernard the Wonderworker – Free Catholic Audiobook
Every hear of a miracle during the preaching of pacifism? I didn’t think so, because there is not one. I am almost sure of it, because if there was it surely would be shoved down our throat endlessly. Miracles reveal the mind of God. That must be why they don’t need them anymore when they canonize.
Yet, we know that the 2nd crusade did not end well. Haha, our pop culture preacher might say, this is proof that it was not of God. The facts say otherwise.
“On that on that very day, when the news came of the destruction of the Christian army, God wrought a miracle at the intercession of Saint Bernard. “It came to pass, however, that when the lamentable tidings of the destruction of the Crusaders resounded through France, a father brought his blind boy to the servant of God, to have sight restored to him, and, by many prayers, prevailed on the saint who declined. The saint, placing his hand on the child, prayed to our Lord that He would be pleased to make known, by restoring sight to the child, whether the preaching of the Crusade was from Him, and whether His spirit was with himself. While, after praying, he was waiting its effects, the child said, what am I to do? For I see! Then a great shout was raised by those who were present ; for many were present, not of the monks only, but of people living in the world, who, when they perceived that the boy saw, were greatly comforted, and gave thanks to God.” excerpt from St Bernard the Wonderworker – Free Catholic Audiobook
There is more in the Audiobook even about mystical visions confirming the validity of the crusade as well, be sure to check it out. Despite our forefathers courage in battle against our foe, they at least sent missionaries to convert the Mohammedans; many of whom were martyred preaching Christ Crucified with bravery.
Yet, with the passing of time all falsehoods are revealed. The absolute savage persecutions of the Christians in Iraq has once again shown us the true face of historical and authentic Mohammedanism, not some made up religion of peace which perverts Islam’s doctrines (how culturally insensitive!). I hope Catholic intellectuals will find themselves blushing for shame for their past dismissals of Islamic terror as being “a valid protest against pluralist secularization and materialism. ” There is a touch of this in the news today, and so welcome.
Intellectuals, and professors wearing fuzzy sweaters coming together will not stop war. Slashing defense budgets and removing standing armies will not end wars. It is a clear signal from those who reign over us in the world and in the Church that they tacitly condone aggression when they refuse to check it. We must understand that this is betrayal. We must ask ourselves, “Who is on our side?” Treaties, even good ones will never end war. War is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, sent to afflict mankind when we reject the Gospel.
War will come, and war will go based on the decrees of our God. It is absurd to believe that the God who has numbered every hair on our head is not the one actively choosing to send war as a punishment for sin, or to permit wars as a punishment for sin.
God made the Jews fight their enemies after they left Egypt! Our sweet savior Jesus Christ ordered his apostles to own a sword, even if they had to sell their cloak! Our God allowed the angels to fight a war in heaven! Our God is a God of War! There will always be war on earth, until the end of the world! Viva Cristo Rey!!
Consequently, today (August 11) is the day to begin a Novena to St Bernard of Clairvaux (you can find one here) for his feast day. He persuaded many nobles and Kings to embrace the crusade, perhaps we can pray that he does the same from heaven to our leaders, that they might bring some military relief for the Christians of Iraq. [and that there may be priests who can say a Holy Mass for those who fight, without being jailed or suspended by their faithless superiors.]
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, ora pro nobis!