(I hope I didn’t melt any Snowflakes in that previous posting )
I really was just musing about how important that “warrior” spirit is to building up and maintaining a ccivilization. Included in that term “warrior spirit” is a very high system of ethics and morality, without which warriors would devolve into barbaric free-for-alls. Might makes right, etc.
In a nice serendipitous point on our calendar, we are directed today to look at St. Gontran. I never heard of him. (Or I probably read about him before as I cycle through the yearly saints – I simply don’t remember him.)
In that last post, I had just referenced my study of Merovingian kings, and here is one for today! Gontran was the son of that first great Merovingian king, Clovis, a pagan Frankish warrior who converted to his wife’s Christianity to save his life in battle and then went on, with God’s help, to establish a stable Frankish kingdom which contributed to the development of Western Civilization as we
know knew it.
His son, Gontran, was raised Catholic from birth and probably had an even better understanding of Christianity than his father. He was devoted to Christ, and when grown was given the land of Bourgogne to rule, that is, the big area we call Burgundy, which played such an important role in our history.
A dignified and respected leader, King Gontran
Although King Gontran has an interesting biography, I’ll just give you this partial summary from Butler’s . . . “The prosperity of his reign, both in peace and in war, condemns those who think that human policy cannot be modeled by the maxims of the Gospel, whereas, in reality, nothing can render a government more flourishing. . . . He was the protector of the oppressed and a tender parent of his subjects. He gave the greatest attention to the sick. He fasted, prayed, wept, and offered himself to God night and day . . . He was a severe punisher of crimes . . . and by many wholesome regulations he restrained the barbarous licentiousness of his troops.” He lived to 68 years of age, after reigning for 31 years – a great long life span!
Note that this freedom from the godless barbarism of the day came with the application of the Christian notion of the warrior of high moral conscience. Fighting for what is right. Only a people who are willing to be free and who are willing to defend their freedom will be free.
Now, today, as we saw, that warrior spirit is on beer bottle labels. Or we put our warriors in the land of make-believe and give them imaginary, unrealistic and superhuman faculties, confining them to movies or games. If warrior spirits dare to emerge in elementary schools, we suspend those young boys. Even if their “weapon” is a munched-on Pop-Tart! College males go around apologizing for who they are. We’re content to come home from work or school, kick off our shoes, and rest in an electronically induced somnolence, while our Rulers silently consolidate their power over us.
Again, freedom isn’t free. Freedom didn’t come to us for free. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Not just a sentimental phrase from history. And though we don’t know for sure who first stated it, the truth of the matter is that we won’t keep our freedom without paying a price. Perhaps we only need to pay attention – and do our duty appropriate to our station in life and to the circumstances around us.
Perhaps we’ll be called on to do more.
Not necessarily with battle-axe and sword.
So, I’m not sure, but it would seem that if a foreign “warrior spirit” threatens our freedoms or even our very existence, . . .
. . . then it ought to be matched by an equal or great warrior spirit coming from us.
Unless our culture is suicidal.
History will record . . . .