fighters on the brink of defeat lapse into doubt and despair,
they hope for a hero capable of saving the situation.
There is also a reference to heroes in The
Revelation of Arès (xxxv/4-12)with
this difference, that it is not a matter of winning a war,
which sheds death, but a matter of fighting sin and
shedding Life, and that not one hero, but heroes
who are to be as plentiful as love is to be great,
whom the Father sends out to save mankind.
History is the depiction of a boundless
battlefield where a hero has now and then appeared, who anyhow has
neither defeated sin nor won définitive victories.
But some of them have done much more. They have spared humans the
loss of their spiritual identity and the fall into the
unimaginable sufferings of the sin of sins (Rev of Arès
38/2). Among others Zoroaster (xviii/3),
Noah, Buddha, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, the real ones, not
the characters reflected by the distorting mirror of a Scripture
run under the reed pen. The figures of those heroes are
shown to the penitents by The Revelation of Arès through
the figure of the Arès prophet, who emulates them and
whom the penitents are called on to follow (xxx/4-12).
As man has ended up as little as God's shadow, the unimaginable
sufferings of the sin of sins could start at any time,
unless humans stop decaying spiritually and breaking all ties with
the Whole of Life. This is the real issue of The
Revelation of Arès and the heroism of the penitents
and harvesters, whom it calls on.
Let's notice that ever since Adam's days (Rev of Arès 2/1-5,
vii/1-16), the peak of unhappiness due to sin has not been
reached as long as most of men's life has been crude and insecure,
because destitution, though it is unjust and regrettable, is not
the reason for despair, contrary to what people usually think; the
cause of despair is abundance which brings about
Nonetheless, even though it's in days of abundance that the
sin of sins' disaster will occur (Rev of Arès 38/2),
it will not distress man because he will be materially fulfilled,
as God once had enabled him to enjoy matter; it will occur because
the man filled with everything will have forgotten about his
spiritual nature and made matter his sole god.
The Father will have lost all of his Children then (Rev
of Arès 13/5). He will leave mankind spiritually dead to
their sufferings. He will stop sending out heroes. I do not know
if we are the last, but this is not unlikely.
That's where we see that The Revelation of Arès in
itself is heroical, as it is, because Love has inspired
Whenever I go missionizing on the streets, the Word on my lips,
leaflets in my hand, through the apathetic crowd, in the autumnal
grayness, or wintry cold, or summery heat, I feel paltry like an
apostle, but not glorious like Samson or Siegfried. I do not feel
as if I were a hero. And yet I am a hero,
because Evil is strong, only a hero can conquer it
(Rév d'Arès xxxv/4-12).
"The Golden Legend" tells the story of famous George the
Trophy-bearer (bearer of Victory, 10/7, 29/4 33/2) that,
through his strength drawn from faith and virtue, kills
evil metaphorized as a dragon, which is about to devour mankind
allegorized as a king's daughter, and gives the spiritually
unenlightened people the Light and right faith. The
Revelation of Arès in quite different words, but following
the same Core plan— We have to kill Evil
before it eats us up —tells us in advance our feasible
victory over evil by being penitent and harvesting
penitents. All of the brothers and sisters that
along with me take on the hero tunic, will change,
that is, save, the world (28/7).
To make a success of one's life nowadays is to make a career
to one's great satisfaction, get a good retirement pension and
health insurance. We do not deny that such a worldly
success is legitimate, but to live up to that sole expectation
looks shameful to us, if it lacks spirituality, a soul,
ideals to conquer Evil and change the world (Rev of Arès
28/7), which I couldn't do, if I failed to change my
own life (31/11), be a penitent and harvest
penitents. This is my epic! You can tell a hero by
his or her epic.
Our epic is plain. God's hero is not a superman, as he
or she can be tired, disappointed, thwarted, persecuted, but it's
precisely because he or she puts up with all these torments that
he or she is a hero. Can one imagine that the poor
being, who holds leaflets, and who speaks with a charmless voice
almost unheard by the passersby, could ever set fire to
the world? But yes, that's a hero, the unexpected one, not the fantastic one supposed to be endowed with a
mysterious strength. The supernatural is not weird. What stuck me
as odd when I saw and heard Jesus in 1974 was the fact he lived in
the firmament and yet was a man like me. I understood then that Good
was much closer to us than we used to think. Roger Bacon in the
13th century was committed to prison because he had stated that
"no sermon ever gives certainty, because only experiment gives it"
and he had set about observing the ordinary. He was right.
Ordinary Jesus came down from the universe and paid me a call in
1974 and, even though the 1977 theophanies were impressive, they
were not really the star war. And what have Jesus and the
Father told me? They told me that we me and my fellows as unlikely
heroes will conquer Evil through the ordinary — just made
up of penitence and ordinary good, but the
complete ordinary. We are heroes.