St Ignatius College - Ignatian Yearbook (San Francisco, CA)

 - Class of 1917

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16 THE IGNATIAN Satan rolling on a fiery gulf recovers from his stupor, confounded though immortal. With head uplifted above the wave and eyes that sparkling shine, he views the dismal situation waste and wild: a dungeon horrible, on all Sides round as one great furnace fiamesg yet from those flames no light, but rather a visible darkness serves only to dis- cover sights of woe, regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace and rest and hope can never dwell. How unlike the place from whence he fell! Then with expanded wings he steers his Hight, incumbent on the dusky air, till he rests on the dry land that burns with solid fire. He muses: "Is this the place that we must change for Heaven? This mournful gloom for that celestial light? Farewell, happy fields, where joy forever dwells! Hail, horrors! Hail, infemal world! Receive thy new possessor, one who brings a mind not to be changed by time or place, a mind that can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." On the beach of that iiaming sea he stands and calls his legions, angel forms, who lie there dazed, thick as auturnnal leaves that strew the brooks. In spite of fierce pains the stunned angels rolling in the flood with scattered arms and ensigns obey their general's voice. In double rank they stand about him trusting even yet in his courage. He above the rest in shape and gesture, proudly eminent stands like a tower. Deep scars of thunder have intrenched his face. Care sits on his faded cheek, but under brows of dauntless courage. His unutterable agony is subdued by the energy of his soul. His will triumphs over the most terrible ele- ments of nature. His courage is made visible by the racking pains which itoverpowers. The all-enduring, all-defying courage of Satan inspires his legions with confidence. Hell yields to the spirit which it imprisons. By his strategy the gates of hell are openedg the war against heaven is renewed: the work of the Creator is undone on earth, and the happi- ness of the human race is blasted.

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THE GLAMOUR OF WAR 15 But be it always remembered that within the narrow lim- its of this paper we cannot touch upon the hundreds of smaller works. Nay, more, lest we exceed the limits as- signed us, we shall delay no longer on the masterpieces of other languages, but shall come to those of our own tongue. Were we to look for war literature of excelling worth in the English tongue, we should have no difficulty in finding it. Shakespeare revels in the clash of arms. But for the sake of sublimity let us choose Milton. His gloriiication of war and of a war hero, though it is hardly Christian, is yet unique. Let us fly with Milton on the wings of imagination through boundless space to the battlements of Heaven, to the realms of eternal peace and harmony. On this day the grand monotony of Heaven is disturbed. By imperial com- mand angelic hosts from all the ends of heaven assemble innumerably before the throne of God. He himself gives forth a decree: "Here is my Son, Who in ages yet to come will assume a lowly form. Him I appoint as your head. Let every knee in Heaven bow to Himf' Satan quickly moves among his friends and says: "Shall we leave aside all noble deeds to cringe before the Messiah's throne and hymn His everlasting praise? We are princes, not slaves. We are unused to the yoke. Yet soon we shall be forced to draw with servile strength His chariot through the star-paved road of Heaven." With the battle-cry, "We are not slaves," one-third of the countless hosts rebel. All day long the noise of battle rolled. At last the Messiah armed with ten thou- sand thunders rides forth in His chariot of power. Right on He drives through the rebel ranks trampling them into one indiscriminate flock. Underneath their feet the founda- tions of Heaven open wide disclosing a spacious gap into the dark abyss. Headlong they fling themselves down, eternal wrath burning after them, and driving them down, down through chaos, down to the place prepared for them.



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THE GIJUIOUR OF WAR 17 War is terribleg yet there is a thrill, there is a glamour. Why? WVe find more than one cause of the enthusiasm pro- duced by war. It means manhood, unflinching courage in the midst of horrible sufferings. It means selflessness, for no warrior true to his profession will give a thought to his own petty interests. It means sacrifice, and sacrifice means love for others. These noble qualities always excite admira- tion in every breast. The great cause, however, underlying the enthusiasm is no doubt the justice, the righteousness, for which a nation fights. Take, for example, our present situa- tion. The world knows that the United States did not pro- voke war, but sought peace, and spared no efforts to secure it, and to end the disastrous conflict which threatens to destroy all traces of Christian civilization in the countries of Europe. But the 'honor of the United States was attacked, her dignity assailed and her power defied. What then could this nation do but raise the Hag and say: "Whoever refuses respect to this Hag, whether it be an individual or an empire, shall be punishedu? Columbia may justly say to her army and navy, the flower of American manhood: "I, your mother, have tried to up- hold the compact of the nations, and have been derided. I have tried to help my, citizens transacting peaceful business in other lands, and they have been constantly endangered. I have tried to feed the starving babes of other nations, and my own have been ruthlessly sent to the depths of the ocean. Take then, my flag, carry it far and wide without stain or reproach, make heroic sacrifices in its defense. In defending this flag you defend the grand and noble things for which it stands, liberty and order, and order in liberty. No sacri- fice is too great for such a cause. When the war will be over, let those of you who will survive, return to my shores, bearing the Star Spangled Banner, not stained in ignominious defeat, but made brighter with the new victories of universal freedom and righteousness and justice."

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