November 23, 2013

Juan Donoso Cortes, The Catholic Warrior and Defending Marriage

I had saved the below quote from Juan Donoso Cortes some time ago from an article in the February 1978 issue of The Angelus Magazine. I came across it again recently while scanning some old documents and pictures I wanted to archive. It somehow fittingly describes the battle that those of us who continue to honor their first vows, who continue to battle for the reconciliation of our spouses and families and who continue to battle Holy Mother Church over this "toleration" of divorce that is so anti-Biblical and that has caused so much death and destruction to Catholic Families. It just seems to be a fitting battle cry, for it well describes the battle I and others are fighting in this war for the family of Souls entrusted to our care, for our Marriages and ultimately, for God. The final paragraph is emblazoned upon my personal Battle Standard. (Emphasis within quote is all mine...)

"There is no man, let him be aware of it or not, who is not a combatant in this hot contest; no one who does not take an active part in the responsibility of the defeat or victory. The prisoner in his chains and the king on his throne, the poor and the rich, the healthy and the infirm, the wise and the ignorant, the captive and the free, the old man and the child, the civilized and the savage, share equally in the combat. Every word that is pronounced, is either inspired by God or by the world, and necessarily proclaims, implicitly or explicitly, but always clearly, the glory of the one or the triumph of the other. In this singular warfare we all fight through forced enlistment; here the system of substitutes or volunteers finds no place. In it is unknown the exception of sex or age; here no attention is paid to him who says, I am the son of a poor widow; nor to the mother of the paralytic, nor to the wife of the cripple. In this warfare all men born of woman are soldiers.

And don’t tell me you don’t wish to fight; for the moment you tell me that, you are already fighting; nor that you don’t know which side to join, for while you are saying that, you have already joined a side; nor that you wish to remain neutral; for while you are thinking to be so, you are so no longer; nor that you want to be indifferent; for I will laugh at you, because on pronouncing that word you have chosen your party. Don’t tire yourself in seeking a place of security against the chances of war, for you tire yourself in vain; that war is extended as far as space, and prolonged through all time. In eternity alone, the country of the just, can you find rest, because there alone there is no combat. But do not imagine, however, that the gates of eternity shall be opened for you, unless you first show the wounds you bear; those gates are only opened for those who gloriously fought here the battles of the Lord, and were, like the Lord, crucified."

  • (Essays on Catholicism, Liberalism, and Socialism, 1879.)

More on Juan Donoso Cortes below: 

Bio - Juan Donoso Cortés
Quotes - Juan Donoso Cortés

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