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|Posté le: Dim Avr 21, 2013 10:32 pm Sujet du message: Dogma: Saint Henri de Lescure; Head of Order of Lescure
THE LIFE OF HIS EMINENCE HENRI de LESCURE
A child born into religion
Henri de Lescure was born on April 14, 1420, in Burgundy, near the monastery of Cîteaux. The son of a family of minor nobility, his parents realised they were probably too poor to feed the child, and quickly gave the child to the Abbot of the Monastery, who then entrusted the care to Brother Ulbéric.
Ulbéric was a learned and pious monk, and it was him who, during the childhood and youth of Henri, told him all the precepts one must know as a young well-born living in the Aristotelian faith. It is often reported that great men reveal at an early age talents that will lead them to the heavens, and we can say that Lescure did not deviate from this rule as he distinguished himself by his wit, his curiosity and his force of character. He often left his old teacher stunned, as his sharp reasoning and sharp reflections disarmed the most assured adults.
With His education nurtured, Lescure demonstrated very quickly a deep love for theology, with which he studied naturally on a daily basis as a young oblate. But he had a desire to be free and had aspirations to visit all the world and to learn.
A young man and his quest for adventure
Thus, it was in 1435, at the age of 15 years, that the young Henri de Lescure left the monastery of Cîteaux, preferring to direct his studies at the University of Louvain rather than devoting himself to monastic life. During these many years of studies, he acquired first class honours in his subjects, and learned many things like law and philosophy. These helped him to further deepen his knowledge in the exciting field of theology and of the holy doctrine.
Then wishing to reach the large and prestigious city of Paris, the capital of the Kingdom, which was bustling with activity, he went on the road with his backpack on. But, on learning a terrible plague raged in the city, causing the city to fill with the dead, the young man finally chose to walk away from this great city as it offered to him a vivid picture of the Moon Underworld he had learned from his studies of the virtues. He continued his journey to Normandy before moving to Lisieux on the second of September, where he would find his first purple patch as well as more than a few chaotic moments.
It is natural that many great men have experienced the bottom as well as the top during their lives, as a reminder of the balance in life.
Lisieux is the place where Lescure first proved himself in the political field. Lescure, probably by his noble desire to serve his city and his duchy as best he could, and in this respect his love of the Holy Roman and Aristotelic Church, our man made up his mind to conquer the order and justice, defending as he could the Church in Normandy and Normandy as French Duchy.
In this context, Lescure met the great Cardinal Zharkov, who is today a legend renowned across the seas and mountains. The latter, from Brittany and therefore opposed to the Norman case, had observed Lescure, a brilliant orator, while standing amid onlookers in the different halls and taverns of Normandy.
The Cistercian golden age
At the same time, probably being nostalgic for helping the youth as he once was, Henri de Lescure sought, in November 1453, to join the Cistercians at Noirlac, whose order he had been educated in. The appeal of religion was so intense and so deep, from early childhood in Henri, that this vocation to him was logical, but many thought his path lay in politics. But the fate of Great men sometimes takes complex detours.
At that time, the Aristotelian Church was on the threshold of a great change. Since the discovery of many manuscripts dating from the time of the prophets, much of the ancient religious tradition was challenged, and they worked, over many meetings with the Holy See or in Noirlac for the restoration of the dogma, and the creation of a revised liturgy. The Cistercians had a key role in the establishment of the revised dogma, and among them, Lescure by his involvement, had a considerable influence. He was inspired by the writings and thoughts of St. Thomas Aquinas and stimulated discussion on tinting the new church with a dose of Thomism.
In this period of intellectual abundance, of rich theological exchange, of reflection and emulation of the mind, the end of 1453 was for Lescure the occasion to integrate in this Cistercian order, at his golden age... and to meet a host of illustrious men like Fredstleu, Aaron, Arnvald and Bynarr. On the 17th November, Fredstleu, the abbot general of Noirlac, admitted Lescure into the order and he was now a Cistercian brother.
A man of conciliation
A little later, on the 24th December, 1453, under the patronage of Arnvald, Lescure was ordained priest of the Holy Aristotelic Church. A priest without a direct purpose, however, as he had yet to get a parish to manage. But on the 3rd January 1454, Lescure was directly appointed Bishop of Lisieux, in place and stead of Father Damien who remained the priest of that city.
Do not forget the political and religious context of this tumultuous time. In December, following the death of Pope Nicolas V, the reformists secretly supported by the King of France, formed an increasingly strong and influential front.
Remaining from this particular crisis, was a war of pamphlets between a scathing Cardinal Arnvald and the King of France, followed by the resignation of the said Cardinal Arnvald.
During this wave of reformism many changes were proposed, which were unacceptable to a significant part of clergymen. Priests, bishops and archbishops then lined up behind the banner of the Archbishop of Bourbon-Auvergne Himerius, and caused a schism. It could be noted that among the conservatives and Thomists gathered in the Aristotelian Conservatist Church (ACC) were men like Karel, Abysmo, Trufaldini and Lorgol.
It is during this time of crisis that Lescure started his ascent. He was a Man of reason and moderation, of balance and reflection, and the Cistercian priest took part in the heated debate that took place between the reformists and conservatives. Sincerely wishing balance or reconcilation between the two camps, he tried to play a bridging role between them and find common ground.
Did we not say that Great figures are revealed in adversity and times of crisis? If this is the case, the crisis was a good example of that old adage; For here we discover the great man Lescure who was moderate in his remarks, eager for justice, seeking a balance. He was an especially skilled theologian.
There was much discussion around the case of the ACC, trying to determine which side was right. Lescure was one of those who understood that this was in vain, because his church, which is now ours as a result of this crisis, was also the product and heir of the Thomists as well as of the reformists.
Indeed, the policy of reconciliation of opposites led by clerics of good will, as our holy man Lescure, Karel, Brother Nico, or others, often bore fruit. Sometimes complicated theological and philosophical artifices were reconciled and the Church at the beginning of January 1454, was reconciled with itself, and returned to the Aristotelian faith the Thomists.
A rapid rise
Because of his efforts and the prestige generated by his works, Lescure had all the doors opened for him and he was appointed Cardinal on 21st January 1454 and received his red robes and hat.
He took to his role as Cardinal with great enthusiasm, and demonstrated, repeatedly, as needed, his many talents as a politician, diplomat, theologian, and philosopher.
Having been first and foremost of the Thomistic persuasion, with strong sympathy for the current and more modern figures of this order, Henri de Lescure evolved gradually towards a more philosophical and more Aristotelian conception of the Church, that was less mystical.
As such, the story of his friendship with Karel, the first rector of the Congregation of St. Thomas, is perhaps indicative of the tugging in the heart of Lescure. In early February 1454, our man, as the newly appointed Archbishop of Rouen moved to Honfleur, and asked Karel, at the time still an itinerant preacher, to come to his brand new archdiocese.
Karel, though tempted ultimately refused, but later became bishop of Limoges, and when he eventually left the Aristotelian Church to return to civilian life, Lescure was upset and became angry with Karel.
Alas, Karel died without reconciliation with Lescure. If Lescure had been in contact with the Thomists, he nevertheless remained outside the order... and preferred to start the translation of the Vita Aristotle for the Congregation of the Holy Office and found the Gregorian order with Nolivos, Moile de Suzemont and Vilca.
The Gregorian order had as its watchword friendship, Lescure was the theologian, the seminar leader, whom he was very attached. As Proof of his interest in Thomist, Lescure worked as part of its agenda, composing a draft charter of friendship with the Congregation of St. Thomas. But after the death of Moile and the dispute with Karel, Lescure left the order in February, undoubtedly preferring independence.
The 4th April 1454 opened the Vatican Council, whose objectives were to modernize the Church to make it capable of meeting the expectations of the faithful and clergy and finally to heal the wounds caused by the schism, and finally to unite under the new doctrine and new translations of various text book of virtues. Again, at this council, Lescure showed relevance and knew when to deploy his expertise to guide the Church in the right way. So much so that on the 12th April, he was elected as Camerlengo by the Assembly of bishops, archbishops and cardinals of the Church.
|Lescure a écrit: |
|A, well, I am elected ... |
He was the first Camerlengo of the Aristotelian Church. He managed his duties with enthusiasm, energy and determination.
|Lescure a écrit: |
|Well, I run the thing ... |
Thus, we see in his ascension, the great man through all the crises of the Church without alienating any trend, and trying to reconcile all.
An chaste and Aristotelian inclination
While Archbishop of Rouen, Cardinal Camerlengo, from the town of Honfleur in Normandy, Henri de Lescure knew a young lady there, Cybele, for whom he developped a liking to. Their relations and discussions, although not free from flirting, did not pass the measure. Alas, Cybele died of disease at the end of April ... It is probable it took a lot of life and energy from Lescure, as he felt for her a chaste but real attachment.
The tragic outcome of Normandy
And this unfortunate affair happened in Normandy. The chroniclers of future generations have much to do to try to explain what took place then, as the crux of the plot seems difficult to unfold. Suffice it to say that on the 2nd May 1454, Lescure was arrested by the Normans because he was suspected of having wrongly given to the Church secret documents belonging to the Duchy Council, of which he was part. We will probably never know what was the nature of conspiracy in this sinister charge.
Tried for High Treason, the holy man was sentenced to death in a show trial that was biased and fuelled by hatred and brutality against him. The Holy See, full of indignation acting with the curia sent many warnings to Normandy. Finally, the King himself moved the case and imposed the ceasation of the judgment of Lescure, and for a new trial in the High Courts of Appeal.
Alas, the hatred had not left the Normans, and on the 9th May, while the Camerlengo, in his miserable jail, awaiting the escort which was to lead to Paris, one of the worst phookaists stealthily entered his cell and assassinated with a knife. Lescure died shortly after, but on a wall of his cell, he had time to teach us about his killer by writing letters PHO, the first of the word "PHOOKA."
The reaction throughout the Aristotelianism was a mixture of deep depression, grief, anger and revolt. The Templars were required to transport the corpse to its final resting place. Lescure, being a large important public figure was to be buried in the crypt of the Basilica of St. Titus in Rome. And on the 19th June, after a long journey, the body of the Camerlengo, embalmed, was buried in a moving ceremony, celebrated by Cardinal Trufaldini and other prelates.
TRIBUTES AND TESTIMONIALS
|Devilfox a écrit: |
|A great man has left us.
Bishop Lescure was someone right, just, good.
The killers must be punished.
|A Bumpkin a écrit: |
|It seems that Lescure, when he fought against heretics, it was enough to glare at one of his disbelievers to make him knee and implore the grace of Mary. |
|Sashann a écrit: |
|I still cry for not seeing you, not being able to defend yourself, make Normandy a land of peace for your great person.
I continue your work with great difficulty in Normandy but I must admit that you miss terribly. I draw on the memories I have of you the strength to continue.
|Alsbo a écrit: |
|I, Albert de l’Epine, Viscount of Châlons and Peer of France,
Testify before God and His Church, His late Eminence Lescure was a gift from God for our time
Yes the Camerlengo Lescure, inspired by the voice of Aristotle gave to mankind the means to focus his eyes and his faith to the purest words of Aristotle.
Christos of our time martyred by infamy, whose memory is a wonderful example for the righteous.
I, Albert de l'Epine, pray and make prayers for his soul to be greeted by the Most High.
I wish to convey my respect and my whole very Aristotelian friendship to our Church, if proven by recent losses of cardinals Lescure and Vilca.
|Trufaldini a écrit: |
|He knew the broken fate of a legendary hero, as these illustrious men in myths and epics, he became a dream, a hazy appearance in the collective imagination of our society seeking exploits, heroes, and dignity.
The man has now been replaced by the emblem, the body has given way to the soul ... but of this raw intelligence, of this magnetic power, of this enormous capacity for work, of this exceptional charisma, we kept the memory, leaving the rest to God, who, reigning over the sunlight, recognizes his own.
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