As Of The Father, So Too Of The Son

The following quote is taken from the blog, The Cross of Laeken, from a post dated August 2, 2010 – A Chaplain’s Testimony. Please be certain to check out this treasure-trove of Belgian royal history.

Here is a description of Léopold III by Rev. Collart, one of his chaplains during his later years at Argenteuil.

Leopold III

J’ai pu voir transparaître, dans la limpidité de son merveilleux regard, la simplicité et la chaleur de ses paroles, toute la grandeur d’un de nos semblables qui s’est situé tellement au-dessus de nous. Le langage du croyant au prêtre, du confident à l’ami, quand on a cherché ensembles des réponses à des questions lancinantes, quand on a eu si souvent l’occasion de prier ensemble, on ne peut pas ne pas se connaître. Aussi est-ce avec une tranquille assurance que je puis certifier ceci: jamais il n’a failli à l’image de l’homme exceptionnel que ses fidèles ont gardée de lui. Il savait sans préoccupations personnelles déceler où était le bien de ceux qu’il voulait servir. Il ne flattait pas, il savait tenir un langage ferme et vrai quand il entrevoyait où et comment il fallait s’orienter pour assurer le bonheur et la liberté de son peuple et je l’entendais volontiers reprendre à son compte les paroles du vieux Caton au peuple romain qui s’égarait: “Je voudrais vous être agréable, je souhaiterais vous faire plaisir, mais je préfère essayer de vous sauver.”

The translation is a bit rough, because it is mine:

Leopold III with son, Baudouin

I was able to see transpire, through the limpidity of his marvelous gaze, the simplicity and warmth of his words, all the grandeur of one of our fellow men who is placed so far above us. The language of the believer to the priest, of the confidant to the friend, when we searched together for answers to tormenting questions, when we had, so often, the occasion to pray together, it is impossible not to know one another. So it is with a tranquil assurance that I can certify this: never did he fail to live up to the image of the exceptional man his faithful followers kept of him. He was able, without personal preoccupations, to discern where the good of those he wished to serve lay. Henever flattered, he knew how to use a firm and true language when he saw where and how he had to orient himself to ensure the happiness and liberty of his people and I used to hear him take up, for his own, the words of Cato the Elder to the Roman people who were going astray: “I would like to be agreeable to you, I would like to please you, but I prefer to try to save you.” (Quoted by Jean Cleeremans in Léopold III, sa famille, son peuple sous l’occupation, 1987, p. 16)

I bring this quote to you from The Cross of Laeken because it so reminds me of the plain-spoken direct and sincere manner which I so admire in King Baudouin. One can say without doubt it was a direct reflection of the deep character and sincere religious faith of his father, Leopold III, who suffered great difficulties in his life and experienced unjust attacks to his character and leadership. He was a good man, and that certainly carried through in his worthy son, Baudouin.


Blog Origins

Hands holding sapling in soilI’ve always been a casual student of royal history and particularly certain families which spark my interest. Recently I’ve been philosophically reflecting upon biblical and historical teachings on righteousness.  There are some people that truly seem to live out Romans 6 as slaves to sin, but King Baudouin of Belgium certainly wasn’t one. He was a slave to righteousness. God reckoned him righteous and he was, indeed, a righteous man. And, when it came time to choose his queen, he likewise chose a righteous woman. This is where two of my interests intersected. The more I studied Baudouin and Fabiola, the more I was inspired by their lives, their words, their smiles. I had some rather good (I hope you agree) posts on some royal forums and didn’t want to lose track of any of that information, so I decided to start this blog. There is a companion YouTube Playlist and Pinterest board where I try to bring something NEW, not just the same pictures and the same subjective ideas. I hope you enjoy this blog. It is meant to inspire as I have been inspired by these two righteous souls.

Baudouin I : Common King – Uncommon Man

Born Sept. 7, 1930, Stuyvenberg Castle, near Brussels, Belgium
Died July 31, 1993, VIlla Astrida – Motril, Spain

King of the Belgians – The son of King Leopold III, Baudouin lived with his family under house arrest in German-occupied Belgium during World War II. After postwar exile in Switzerland, Baudouin became king on his father’s abdication (1951). He helped restore confidence in the monarchy after the stormy reign of his father and became a unifying force in a country divided between Flemish- (Dutch- ) and French-speaking factions. Because Baudouin and his wife, Fabiola, were childless, he was succeeded by his brother, Albert II.

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