Friday, June 20, 2008

It is Hands-on Training in Chivalry, NOW!

What is the Knights and Squires Encampment? The Knights and Squires Encampment is a father/son camp out that takes place at the Marian Friary of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Griswold Connecticut. The Encampment is run by a dedicated group of Catholic men called the Knights of Lepanto, and work under the direction of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. The event takes place three times a year, Spring, Summer and Fall. You can link to the Spring 2008 Encampment interview HERE it takes you to a page where you can view a video describing this past May's event, it is well worth the 11 minutes.

The Idea of Marian Chivalry

Chivalry is only a name for that general spirit or state of mind which disposes men to heroic and generous actions and keeps them conversant with all that is beautiful and sublime in the intellectual and moral world. (Kenelm Henry Digby, Maxims of Christian Chivalry)

Here we have succinct but essential definition of an institution that is often poorly understood. Today chivalry can mean anything from mere external manners to adulterous romance. Some revivalists conjure up a completely pagan version, ignoring or redefining the Christian virtues that made chivalry great: fidelity, honesty, courtesy, prowess and generosity.

Imagine one arguing that fidelity is based on faith, but that faith does not necessarily have any relation to God. Such is the present state of affairs.

According to the definition given above, chivalry keeps men “conversant with all that is beautiful and sublime in the intellectual and moral world.” From a Christian perspective nothing is more beautiful and sublime than the sacrificial love of Christ for his Church, and the Church’s obedient love for Christ.

Check out Chivalry and the Great Mystery I must admit that I find it very interesting that this program is put on by Franciscans.

Athos, forging our path to a renewal of Christendom, has been inviting all to chivalry for some time. Link to Corpus Christianum and learn more on how you can be apart of this movement.

H/T to Brad Watkins and his blog @ Roman Catholic Vocations. I encourage you to visit and pass this important blog along to someone who may be discerning a religious vocation.

1 comment:

Peregrino said...

BRAVO! It's about time to see Catholics re-claiming the manly virtues in a conscientious way, rather than letting pagan manifestations of "the masculine mystique" (e.g. gangsterism or jihadism) be the only visible alternatives to the PC "sensitive doormat" version of masculinity.
This camp looks like a combination of St. Francis for the spirit and Pavel Tsatsouline for the body!