Appeared in 1986, Vol. 12, Nos. 3, 4

Belloc’s martial quality marks him as a writer; it springs from his warrior soul, informed by his vision of what it means to be a man, indeed a Christian soldier. He exemplifies this quality in his three works The Path to Rome, The Cruise of the Nona, and The Four Men, which, though they include no explicit military history of defense of the Faith, unveil a martial quality that stamps all he writes. To assent to a truth is to stand vulnerable for it. This truth for which Belloc, as defender and advocate, stands is the Catholic Faith, matrix of civilization and culture. And indeed he does stand vulnerable as does the Christian soldier, who with fortitude and loyalty, battles for this Mother, of whose womb we have all received.

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