My wife is currently reading the Family That Overtook Christ about the family of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. (So far, she loves it.) I wanted to share a brief passage this morning. Bernard’s brother, Gerard, has walked away from being a Knight, (his life’s dream) to enter a monastery with his brother. Gerard’s old friend and fellow knight, Dennis, comes to visit him a year later…
“What have you been up to?” asked Dennis.
“Killing myself,” said Gerard with a laugh.
“You look it,” asserted Denis seriously. “You’ve lost weight.”
“Oh, I don’t mean that, Dennis. Anyone can kill the body. It’s the old man that I’m trying to kill. The self that wants to be great, to be looked up to. You know, the urge to be ‘somebody.’ That’s the old Gerard that I’ve been trying to kill. And let me tell you, little man, he’s the toughest foe I’ve ever met. He simply won’t die.”
Dennis looked at the laughing Gerard and frowned as he asked, “What are you talking about? Speak my language, will you? I want to know what you’ve been doing the past year. What is this life like?”
“Like a tournament, Dennis. Never a dull moment. Adversaries on every side and it’s fight! Fight! Fight! You ought to join. It’s glorious.”
One of the biggest mistakes we can make is in denying or ignoring the fact that a battle is raging around us. We are in the middle of a spiritual war. It is fight or die. But, on the other side of that fight is glory.
Be the Men,