- Apr 7, 2015
((I originally put this on the Imperial conversation, but everyone deserves to hear this in reaction to the news. ))A TATC messenger is captured trying to reach Valencia, carrying word of a fleet of TATC ships heading to Granada to help the trapped armies escape. The messenger commits suicide rather than reveal more than the message he was carrying.
Velazquez, after de Saint-Pierre's rousing speech, left to his besieged Archbishopric of Grenada. As he traveled through the war-torn countryside, he remembered how it use to be, when he was a young Bishop, who only wished to be allowed the chance to serve his King and his God. Now he served his King and his God, but he wished he didn't have to. At least, not in these conditions, of war and violence, death and devastation.
Finally he slipped through Phoenix lines and spoke to the defenders:
"Whoever wishes to save Hispania should not hesitate humbly to take up the way of the Lord and the King, and if he lacks sufficient food, divine mercy will give him enough. Brethren, we ought to endure much suffering for the name of Christ - misery, poverty, nakedness, persecution, want, illness, hunger, thirst, and other ills of this kind, just as the Lord saith to His disciples: 'Ye must suffer much in My name,' and 'Be not ashamed to confess Me before the faces of men; verily I will give you mouth and wisdom,' and finally, 'Great is your reward in Heaven."
((et alia ))