Course: Great Catholic Leaders
In this exciting course, the student will read four biographies of great Catholic leaders who, inflamed with the supernatural virtue of charity, did great things for God, the Church, and their fellow man. These leaders were on fire for the spread of the Faith and the salvation of souls. They understood the importance of having Church and State work together for the temporal and eternal salvation of their citizens. It is thus not surprising that all of the names below are today maligned by the typical anti-Catholic historical sources. But we suspect your children will be impressed and inspired as they learn the truth in this course.
When Queen Isabella took over the realm, Spain was in shambles and, humanly speaking, there seemed little hope of saving it. There were countless internal enemies, traitors, and problems. Then there were the powerful external enemies - the Moslems, who had conquered almost all of Spain, and were menacing to take over what little remained. Isabella, a tremendous and saintly leader, no doubt raised up by God, rose to the occasion! After conquering Spain's internal enemies, removing corruption, expelling the main group of troublemakers, and restoring civil order, she and her husband King Ferdinand systematically defeated the Moslems in fierce battle after battle, eventually driving them out completely. Isabella was now free to focus on growth and expansion, and her zeal to spread the Catholic Faith motivated her to fund Christopher Columbus's voyages, which led to the discovery of the New World. This is the simply amazing story of a wonderfully Catholic queen who understood what a leader should be - a story of which no Catholic high school student should be ignorant.
Soon after Isabella's time, the great Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez, with about 500 incredibly brave Spanish warriors, conquered the cannibalistic Azetec Empire in Mexico with its hundreds of thousands of warriors. The thrilling and almost unbelievable story of the heroism of Cortez and his men is given us by his official biographer, who accompanied him in the fighting. Cortez put an end to the shocking cannibalism of the Aztecs and their cruelty to their neighboring tribes. Because of this, the Church could then send missionaries to convert the millions of natives. In fact, the Church thereafter gained more convert souls in Mexico and the New World than She had lost in Europe thanks to Luther's destruction there.
About some three hundred years after Cortez, in the latter part of the 1800's, the small country of Ecuador was honored with one of the greatest Catholic statemen who ever lived, President Garcia Moreno. Moreno, like Queen Isabella, rescued his country from instability, the stranglehold of Freemasonry and its never-ending revolutions and errors (such as separation of Church and State). The saintly, virtuous, prudent, and courageous Moreno boldly implemented the consistent teachings of the Church by putting Catholicism front and center as the State religion, to the exclusion of all others. Under his leadership, Ecuador went from poverty, crime, and instability to peace, order, and in short, to a flourishing Catholic nation. For all these reasons, he earned the wrath of the Freemasons, who eventually murdered him in broad daylight in 1875, just after he exited the cathedral after attending Holy Mass.
Finally, the student reads A Heart for Europe, the amazing story of a noble Catholic couple - the Emperor Charles and Empress Zita of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Truly concerned for the welfare of his people, Charles fought in vain to keep their Catholic empire in peace and, against all odds, out of World War I. The book ends with England and the United States carving up their empire after the war into small countries, and then banishing this magnificient couple and their children to a remote island. There, the young Charles died of pneumonia, and through no fault of his, his widow had to rely on others' charity to take care of the many children.
All these rulers show by living example how truly good rulers implement the principles and guidelines laid down in St. Thomas's On Kingship.
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