Rorate Caeli

All hail the Holy Constable!


Of the great men and women whose miraculous intercession, martyrdom, or heroic virtue were recognized by Pope Benedict XVI yesterday, the most well-known is certainly Blessed Damien of Molokai, the magnificent missionary whose life of sacrifice, of slow martyrdom for the cause of the sick, is admired throughout the world.

Yet, in an age of so many disgraceful individuals involved in public life, the life of the Holy Constable of Portugal, Blessed Nuno Alvares Pereira (1360-1431), is perhaps the most surprising of them. One of the greatest statesmen and military leaders in the history of the Iberian Peninsula, he was always a most faithful son of the Church. After becoming a widower, and despite having all the fortune, power, and gratitude of his nation at his disposal, Blessed (soon to be Saint) Nuno became a Carmelite lay brother in a monastery whose foundation he himself had helped.

A great warrior, a loyal protector of his nation, its Sovereigns, and its independence, a good father and husband, a generous benefactor, a humble monk; at all times, an unwavering Son of the Holy Catholic Church: a full and complete hero for our empty and defective age.

10 comments:

SÉRGIO ROBERTO said...

Very well , Blessed Nuno Álvares Pereira ( very soon , Saint ) was a great and humble man , a very good son of the Holy Catholic Church.

Jay said...

Beautiful post, thanks

Anonymous said...

fsaomI think it is wonderful, that holy men who have been dead for so long, such as Blessed Nuno Alvares Pereira and Blessed Bartolomeo Tolomei (founder of the famous Olivetan Benedictine monks (white Benedictines because of their habit), are now to be made Saints of the Holy Catholic Church. Both have been dead close to 700 years!

I would have loved to have seen the Catholic Church of their time. The way the Mass was celebrated, all the flourishing monasteries, all the dozens of religious Orders which were around in their time, but extinct today ( such as the various "congregations" of the Augustinians, Dominicans, Franciscans etc., the 4-5 "congregations" of the Camaldolese, Benedictine groups which no longer exist (Clunaics, Celestines), and of course the many Orders of cloistered nuns which are gone today, but which were flourishing then.
It's hard to believe that all the empty and ruined monasteries that dot Europe today, and date roughly from this period were all filled with monks and nuns back then.
Then again, these two holy men died about 175 years before the Roman Catholic Church was plagued by the Protestant Reformation....a disaster in the Church which the Church never fully recovered from with regards to the vast numbers in religious Orders prior to the Reformation.

Roger said...

Dear Catholics,
I am a pilgrim from Auckland, New Zealand on my way to Sydney, Australia for world youth day. But before I go, my diocese is hosting 2000 pilgrims from overseas including many French pilgrims. One of the activities we have is Adoration of our Lord. We have an examination of conscience that we will give to the 4000+ people that will be there. I am sure the French pilgrims would prefer if there was a French version!

Is someone able to help me to translate it?

btw... cool post about the holy Catholic knight!

Anonymous said...

May the Holy Constable inspire the Holy Father to promote the Orders of Holy Warriors like the Knights Hospitallers of St John, aka The Knights of Malta. We need military people who are devoted exclusively to religious military life if Mother Church is to have a hope of resurrecting the Catholic League of Nations.

Knight of Malta

Anonymous said...

There is another Order of Knights which deserve much support and prayers that they might become a full fledged religious Order once more....with both Knigths who are laypeople, and Knights who are actually monks living in monasteries in community as they did in the Middle Ages. That is the Knights Templar, or the Militia Templi-Christi Pauperum Militum Ordo located at Castello della Magione in Poggibonsi (Siena).
They use only the Tridentine Latin Mass, and all ancient Catholic traditions.
* I don't think there ever was an Order of Templar cloistered nuns....but if there were at one time, it might be a good idea to start a restoration....just as the monks and Knights are being restored.

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Jay said...

I would be careful in thinking about old times (before V2) in terms of ideal times. I have had such a tendency myself. However, there were always many problems in the Church rich history and the Catholic Church is Universal Church which in practice means for sinners and saints alike. We need to be more realistic. God bless!

Gazeta da Restauração said...

Great joy in Portugal with this evolution in Condestable's canonization process! May Nuno Álvares Pereira, one of our greatest suns of Church, inspire us and lead us in the good way to Christ.

Joao said...

Thank you for this post about Blessed Nuno de Santa Maria.

I recently found out that one of D. Nuno Álvares Pereira manorial estates included a little place that we now call Fátima.