Marytr (9th Century) [August 16]
The Moors who had invaded Spain in the early eighth century spread their conquest for a time into parts of France. They were subsequently driven out of France in 759, but they made further incursions into the country that continued through the ninth century. Cizius was the commander of an army fighting the Muslim invaders when he was slain by them in battle. Having died in defense of the Catholic faith, Cizius was venerated thereafter as a marytr. His body was enshrined in Rieux. -- James Monti
It is always quite easy to forget the advantages gained by a defensive war. A defensive war is always the most defensible and the least easy to defend. The reason is obvious enough. If a man goes out to knock another man down and takes his watch, and if he succeeds, he will at least have the watch to show. But the other man, if he successfully defends himself, will have nothing to show; except perhaps a black eye or a broken umbrella.
--Gilbert K. Chesterton, 6April1929
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