The Language of Gesture

Your author dedicates this essay to his mentor and beloved friend, the valiant Baron Arnaud de Lassus, renowned leader of traditional Catholics in France, organizer of the Chartres Pilgrimage, editor of the magazine Action Familiale et Scolaire and author of Unholy Craft: Freemasonry and the Roots of Christophobia. Born on May 9, 1921, he was called to his eternal reward on January 26, at the age of 95.

In July of 1974, shortly after I had met him for the first time, Professor Josef Pieper and I memorably attended together a reverently offered Mass in the mountains of Spain. It was at a Benedictine Monastery up in the Valle de los Caída (Valley of the Fallen) in the Guadarrama Mountains some six miles distant from the small town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, which is itself located almost thirty miles to the northwest of Madrid.

Neither Professor Pieper nor I was adequately prepared for that vividly presented and reverently conducted Sacred Action of the Mass which we were then so soon and uniquely to witness together — and then so promptly to partake of while we were there kneeling beside one another — both of us with thankfulness, then and thereafter.

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