KNIGHTS, THE SERVANTS OF MERCY
SINCE THE MIDDLE AGES,
THE VOCATION OF KNIGHTS HAS BEEN DEFINED BY SACRIFICIAL SERVICE TO GOD AND MAN
The connection between knighthood and mercy may not be obvious to the popular imagination. On one hand, we typically picture the knight as a warrior, a courageous soldier in battle, laying low his enemies. On the other, we tend to associate mercy with acts of gentleness and kindness. But in fact, knighthood has a deep connection with mercy, both in its history and in its core meaning, which remains relevant today even though cultural customs have changed. As we observe what Pope Francis has designated the Jubilee Year of Mercy, it is especially fitting to reflect on this connection, deepening our understanding both of knighthood and of mercy itself. This, in turn, will help us to appreciate what it means to be a Knight today.