Spanish government official, José Manuel García Margallo, just recently declared that the only way to deal with ISIS is war, and that all of the terrorist members of ISIS need to be destroyed. According to one Spanish report:
Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, has been loud and clear in the Congress of Deputies, referring to the Islamic State, against which he says is not worth any diplomatic solution. With Daesh, there can be no other solution than the military, there is no negotiation, or Libya, or Syria, or Iraq. There is only one possibility: physically eliminate [them].
God willing, Spain will soon become a righteous nation of God and no longer secular slave of the devil, and then it will fight against the enemies of God and His Church. Let’s not forget what type of nation Spain is: it is a nation whose roots are so deep into the earth of ecclesiastical history that it is impossible for its branches to no longer bear the fruit of its kind. The problem, though, is that soil is malnourished, left destitute in the crummy, hard dirt of modernism and feminism. It needs to be nourished with the luscious compost of the Christian Faith and “the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26).
Look to heavenly Christendom! Look at the strength of her spirit, observe the pillars of her faith, the wise men who infused into her soul the eternal precepts of its founder, Jesus Christ. Yes, her pillars are old; yes they have been inflicted with the bitter state of dereliction; yes, her foundations have been abandoned on the golgotha of aloneness! But she will return. By God, she will return!
There was a Spaniard named Alfonso Borja, mostly known as Pope Calixtus III. He was a product of the Reconquest of Spain, who fully understand, on account of experience, the cruelty and expansionism of the Muslim. Because of his religious fervor and his grasp on the Islamic threat, Calixtus III was the only one at this time in Western Christendom to initiate a crusade with the uttermost of concern. At his papal consecration, he declared:
I, Pope Calixtus III, promise and vow to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to the Ever-Virgin Mother of God, to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the heavenly host, that I will do everything in my power, even if need be with the sacrifice of my life, aided by the counsel of my worthy brethren, to reconquer Constantinople, which in punishment for the sin of man has been taken and ruined by Mahomet II, the son of the devil and the enemy of our Crucified Redeemer. Further, I vow to deliver the Christians languishing in slavery, to exalt the true Faith, and to extirpate the diabolical sect of the reprobate and faithless Mahomet of the East. For there the light of faith is almost completely extinguished. If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten. Let my tongue cleave to my jaws, if I do not remember thee. If I make not Jerusalem the beginning of my joy, God and His holy Gospel help me. Amen. (Carroll, A History of Christendom, vol. iii, ch. xiii, pp. 569-571)
Let these words become the words of Spain, and let it be a part of the spirit of the nation. The remnants of the militant Christian spirit are still alive.
Here are some videos of Spanish soldiers carrying the Cross:
What is profound is how they associate the Cross with warfare. Many will see this as a contradiction, but, in reality, it is from it. Rather, the relationship between the Cross and warfare is one not of conflict, but of harmony. The Cross is warfare. There is a reason as to why the knights of old were armed with swords shaped as crosses. They understood the relationship: on the Cross, Christ conquered the devil; and with the cross-shaped sword, the Christian knight conquers evil.
But it is goes beyond this to a mystical state. Every battle done by Christians against the enemies of God is an emulation of Christ on the Cross. When the Christian fights for the protection of his brethren with the prospect of his own death, he drinks the chalice of Christ and fulfills the greatest of all loves–laying down his own life for his friends. As the monk Peter the Venerable addressed the crusaders who fought the Muslims: “For your brothers you have exposed your souls to life, your bodies to death; you have already shed blood never before shed, which in battles you daily offer to God to be shed if necessary. You are truly sharers in that lofty, special love of which the Savior said, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends [John 15:13].'” (Peter the Venerable to Everard of Les Barres, in Barter and Bate, Templars.)
He takes up the cup and drinks it, as Christ did in the Last Supper before His death, and thus, by this emulation, he participates in Christ, in Whom “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). As the Latin Rule of 1129, an instructional for Templar knights, reads, the knight “should remain in his profession so that he may be able to equal the wisest of the prophets in this: ‘I will take the chalice of salvation’ [Psalm 116:13], i.e. death, meaning that by my death I will imitate the death of the Lord, since just as Christ laid down his life for me so I am prepared to lay down my life for my brothers” (Latin Rule of 1129, 5, in Barber and Bate, Templars). The Christian warrior abides in love, for he abides in God, Who is Love; and so strong is this unity, that he can say with St. Paul:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
St. John also said, “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17) In the Crusades and in all of the holy wars of Christendom, Christian warriors took up their swords and their crosses to liberate the brethren who were being persecuted by pagans. Surely this was love, surely did these men of valor have within them the love of God, and surely did they abide in the Light of Christ. Both the crusader and the persecuted are martyrs, and when they are slain or are wounded, they are entering into a mystical union with Christ, coming into His Cross, participating in His Passion, and obeying what St. Peter said: “rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:13).
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