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Editor’s note: Pictured above is “The Wedding Register” painted by Edmund Blair Leighton in 1920.

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine, June 19, 2019

Anthony Esolen“If only I had been there with my Franks!” said the warlord Clovis when he heard the story of how Jesus, innocent of all wrong, had been condemned to death and crucified.

It’s easy to be the hero in your own imagination. Eleven men eager to get out of the jury room and get on with their business vote to convict, but you, more attentive than they are, hold out and demand that they examine the evidence again. You do what you have sworn to do. Most of the men in town want you, the marshal, to leave while you can before the bad men arrive by train at high noon the next day. A few men promise to stand by you, but one by one they fall away, and they beg you to get out. But you stay, and you do what you have sworn to do. You are the president of a nickel-and-dime lending company, left to you by your father. You don’t like the work, and you’ve had to set aside your dreams of world travel. Your father’s inveterate enemy, seeking to swallow you up, offers you a lucrative job; no more worries about how to pay the bills, no more worries about your old home in constant disrepair. You are sorely tempted, but you refuse. You do what you have sworn to do….Read entire article…