Balance in the Legion

The Legionary is trying to become a saint, not necessarily to produce more than someone else or be more efficient. Virtue is more than production. Relaxation and humor are necessary too. Here is an ancient story to illustrate balance in the Legion:

They say that St. John the Apostle liked to play with a bird from time to time.

One day a hunter came to visit him and was surprised to see such a famous man playing.  He surely could use that time doing something good and important.

So he asked the saint “Why do you waste your time playing?” Why do you devote your time to such a useless bird?”

John looked at him in surprise.

“Why shouldn’t I play? Why does someone like a hunter not understand that?”

So he asked him, “Why is the string on your bow not tight?”

“You cannot keep the bowstring tight all the time otherwise the bow would lose its tension and become useless for shooting arrows.”

John then told the young man, “My friend, just as you always release the tension on your bowstring, so you must release the tension inside of you and relax. If I don’t relax and just work, I would have no strength for any great undertakings.”

It is said that St. Charles Borromeo was once playing a game of chess and someone asked him what he would do if he were suddenly informed that he was to die within the hour. He replied that he would continue the chess game, because he was doing it for God’s glory and he desired nothing better than to be called to God in the midst of an action that he had begun for the glory of God. 

On the other hand, “It is worse to relax too much than too little, for amusement is not taken for its own sake, but is subordinated to serious things. Just as it is more senseless to take too much salt or other relish in food than to take too little, because the salt is secondary, so it is more foolish to play too much than too little.”

Moral Theology 
McHugh and Callan

The Legion takes family obligations seriously, because to honor one’s father and mother is a commandment and a virtue. Above all we are under our Mother Mary, and God our Father.