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Contemporary Hall

 

Each and every stage of the West has involved a crossroads:

» The first arose when Christianity met Antiquity: a choice had to be made between paganism and the Christian faith.

» The second crossroads appeared when Antiquity gave way to the Christian Middle Ages. Europe had to choose between the fall of the West (as a result of pressure from Islam from the south, the Vikings from the north and the Hungarians from the east) or fight to save it. In Navarre, the choice was between Islam and Christianity.

» The third crossroads arrived when the Modern Era took over from the Middle Ages. This period called for a choice to be made between the fragmentation and secularisation of the West or its renewal and expansion. Navarre chose renewal by reforming the Church in union with Rome and a playing part in its expansion (and, therefore, that of the West) through its deep-rooted missionary spirit, the finest exponent of which was Saint Francis Xavier.

» The fourth crossroads stands before us today. We are living through a major change of epoch. The threat to the world now is relativism. A contemporary age not based on the values of the West is under construction.

The great challenge before us is to preserve the West of the Modern Age –Athens, Rome, Jerusalem, the Germanic Spirit, the synthesis performed by the Gregorian Reform and the contributions of Modernity- and pass it on to the new epoch now being built.