The Cross revealed to valiant
Was a sign and promise of his victory,
An image of Christs conquest dimly seen
As in a glass - both here and yet to be.
"Take up thy Cross and follow
me," He said,
His face set sure toward Salems bailiwick.
To this same city Blessd Gérard was led
By Christ to serve our lords the pilgrim sick.
Crusading Knights then joined this
to guard all pilgrim souls from hostile harm.
For Glory of the Cross they fought to ban
The foe from Rhodes and Malta as Gods arm.
Let Gods praise be on
And in their hand a two-edged sword.
The Glory of the Cross lies in its
To turn our souls to Christ, to join the fray,
Like He Transfigured was before His hour
On Hermon - then from other mount Hed say:
Blessèd are the poor in
Theirs is heavens kingdom.
"The Lord has given, He has
taken back -
And Blessèd be His name," the words are Jobs.
Detachment from all wealth we ought not lack:
Requests for tunics met as well with robes.
Blessd are those who
Theirs will comfort be.
So great was Jeremiahs
Yet God consoled according to His plan.
How great will be our comfort and relief
Who grieve, lamenting sins in world and man.
Blessèd are the meek,
Theirs will be the earth.
True meekness and divine humility
Did not deter the patient Blessd Gérard
From pelting Christian knights courageously
with bread. So, meekness does not strength retard.
Blessd are they who crave
and thirst for right,
They will be fulfilled.
When Holy Mattathias, nobly just,
Refused to eat the impure meat by force,
The sense of rightness in his heart did thrust
His sons to deeds of greatness in Gods course.
Blessèd are the merciful,
Theirs will mercy be.
"When I was Hungry, naked,
You came to my relief," Hell say to us
Whose mercy works were always chivalric
As those of Tobit, most gratuitous.
Blessèd are the pure in heart,
They will see their God.
With Josephs single-minded
Attending to the will of God and love,
Well see the hand of God in evidence,
As he forgave his brothers sinful shove.
Blessd are those who sue
Theyll be called the sons of God.
"I have not come to bring you
peace at last,"
Christ said. "My kingdom brings a sword instead."
A peace thats superficial, false, and fast,
That finds no source in peaceful souls, is dead.
Blessd are those who
suffer wrong for right,
Theirs will heaven's Kingdom be.
The prophet Daniel in the
Did suffer persecution for no fault.
His patient hope and faith in Gods release
Have shown us how to suffer and exalt.
The Beatific road just shown to us
By Christ who is Himself the only Way
Has been the path already set for us
Baptismally - all Christians join the fray.
This ancient roadway leads to
The Cross upon that hills for us a sign
And mantle we must wear for surety
Received in Sacramental rites divine.
Great many pilgrims on this road do
And have protectors on the Way they wend:
The Knights of Malta God to them supplied
As fellow travelers bounden to defend.
The glorious honor of this Knightly
Subsists in the commitment of each Knight
To follow Christ the Way in every land
And wear His Cross and conquer by its might.
IN HOC SIGNO VINCES.
Published with the kind permission of the author, our member Herman A. Peterson
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