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Next Meeting: March 29th, 2016 | 7:30-9:00 PM
SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church | Room #113

iSWAT Small Group
Meets every Wednesday after 6:00 AM Mass in the overflow room.

 

"Man on Fire" Leadership Formation

2nd Thursday of each month | 8:00-9:30 PM
SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church | Activity Center

“Iron Man Virtue Building” Small Group
Meets every Wednesday after 6:00 AM Mass.

 

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About

Who we are & what we do

What is iNVICTUS CHRISTUS?

iNVICTUS CHRISTUS the Unconquerable Christ – is a lay, Catholic men’s leadership apostolate seeking to raise up, train up and build up the next generation of heroic Catholic leaders — men prepared to fight the temporal and spiritual battles of life for the greater glory of God. iNVICTUS CHRISTUS promotes a rule of life based on four key pillars of self-discipline: faith, formation, holyfraternity and fortitude. In this way,  iNVICTUS CHRISTUS aspires to cultivate men of heroic character and committed virtue, able and willing to serve as bold witnesses to Christ.

Firmly rooted in the belief that a man must own his faith and his responsibilities, iNVICTUS CHRISTUS  challenges men to be more and to do more in witnessing the truth of their Catholic faith. Helping men to develop a virtuedriven approach to life, iNVICTUS CHRISTUS sets out to build up men of true spiritual courage, moral fortitude and Christian honor.

THE INVICTUS CHRISTUS PROMISE

For I Am A Man Of INVICTUS CHRISTUS , Claimed By Christ.

I Shall Not Falter In The Time Of Temptation And Battle, But Shall Embrace The Cross Set Before Me.

I Shall Stand My Post And Guard My Brother.

I Shall Sanctify And Fortify My Life In The Merits Of Christ And The Faith Of His One Holy Catholic, Apostolic Church.

I Shall Be A Living Witness Of Christ’s Love Within The World And Shall Be A Fount Of His Mercy.

I Shall Not Seek The Comfort And Empty Promises Of This World, But Shall Set My Arms To The Labor Of My King.

For This Do I Promise, For This Do I Endeavor.


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THE SHIELD OF INVICTUS CHRISTUS

The meaning & symbolism of the Shield of Arms

The Shield of Arms of iNVICTUS CHRISTUS is embedded with rich symbolism of the core values and guiding principles of the leadership apostolate. Representative in this shield of Arms is iNVICTUS CHRISTUS dedication to raising up and building up heroic men of virtue and leadership, always guided by its foundational principle of a life lived “in Christ, for Christ and with Christ.”

THE SYMBOLISM BEHIND THE ICONS

Click on the different parts of the shield to learn more about the virtue it represents.

THE CRUSADER SHIELD. The crusader shield serves as a reminder that a man of iNVICTUS CHRISTUS is a son of the Church and is therefore, called upon by divine duty to fight and defend the faith of the Church and the rights of God.

THE FORTIFIED CASTLE.

This image is representative of the PILLAR OF FORTITUDE.

A FORTIFIED CASTLE. The image of the fortified castle reflects the interior castle of our soul. This is the image of interior life, where our “personal will & personhood” reside and are sheltered. The fortifications reflect the reality that this is where the battle ground is laid for the soul and that it must be defended.

THE DOORWAY. The image of the doorway symbolizes the access point into our interior life and our inner most being.

THE CROSS LADEN DOOR. The image of the door symbolizes the barrier of our willful consent that nothing gains access to our soul save through our opened consent. The emblazoned image of the Cross on the door, symbolizes our willingness to accept and bear our crosses in life. This “manning up” allows us to shut out the profane and protect the sacred within ourselves. The fact that the door stands unhinged and unsupported physically is symbolic that the door to our soul is held firm by grace and without grace it would fall.

THE UPPER WINDOW. The image of the upper window symbolizes our advancement in the spiritual life. This advancement to higher and more deeply integrated spiritual existence enables us to see past the topography of everyday life and to the greater meanings of the divine life.

A HEART CROWNED IN THORNS WITH A CROSS ENCIRCLED BY INCENSE

The image of the heart crowned in thorns is representative of the PILLAR OF FAITH.

A HEART CROWNED IN THORNS. The image of the heart crowned in thorns is symbolic of the “heart of Faith.” The crown of thorns reflects Christ’s kingship within our lives & the prerequisite of humility that the Christian faith demands of its believers.

THE CROSS ENCIRCLED BY THE SMOKE OF INCENSE. The cross’s position in the upper most center of the heart is symbolic of the deep intimacy that Christ is calling all of us to. Christ looks to reside within the deepest corners of our hearts. The encircling incense is representative of the movement of the Holy Spirit within our lives and the universal call to sainthood.

THE EMBRACING HANDS & THE BROKEN THUMB.

This image symbolizes the PILLAR OF HOLY FRATERNITY.

THE GRASPING ARMS. “Iron sharpens iron, as one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) The image of the two arms grasping one another is symbolic of a fraternal brotherhood. In the act of grasping, the image portrays the commitment and duty we share to one another.

THE BROKEN THUMB. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). The broken thumb is an image of our time of woundedness & vulnerability. These are the times when we must support and uplift our brother. It is reflect of a level of deep spiritual trust and commitment shared that manifest out of spiritual brotherhood.

THE ARTERY. “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)  In the arm of the grasped hand, a thin white line is seen extending from the palm of the hand to the midpoint of the arm. This white line is a visual representation of the radial artery, which is the artery which is commonly used to measure the cardiac pulse. This image is symbolic of a spiritual brotherhood that fosters a deep spiritual intimacy and enables a man to keep to the pulse of his brother.

A SHIP SAILING ON THROUGH ROUGH WATERS.

This image is representative of the PILLAR OF FORMATION.

THE ROUGH WATERS. The image of rough oceanic waters symbolizes the rough waves of life that often rock and threaten to capsize us at times of trails.

THE SHIP. The ship is a representation of a medieval Portuguese battleship known as a “Carrack”. The Carrack was a very strong and versatile ship that was designed both for naval battle and long oceanic voyages. With this purpose in mind, the ship needed to be constructed of strongest material and carefully designed to weather both fierce storms and fiery combat. The selection of a Portuguese designed ship is an allusion to apparition of the blessed mother at Fatima, and her promise that Portugal, even amidst great waves of apostasy & confusion, will remain ever vigilant and faithful to the truth of the faith in the one, holy Roman Catholic Church.

THE BODY OF THE SHIP. In the icon, the hull of the ship is a symbolic representation of the visible body of the Catholic Church in which we order and trust our spiritual lives. As a ship enables a crew to transcend and traverse the rough waters of the sea, so too does the true and visible Church enable man to transcend and traverse the rough waters of life.

THE SAILS & THE PAPEL EMBLEM. The sails of the ship are symbolic representations of the two sails of life that we must integrate within our person. The smaller top sail, known in nautical terms as the “foresail”, is representative of the natural law. In sailing, the foresail was used to aid in the maneuverability and navigation of the ship as the Natural Law empowers us to know God through our observation of the created world. The sail is blank because man is invited to discover the deeper mysterious of the created world through the use of the rational senses and intellect. The second sail is a much larger sail then the “foresail” and is the primary means in which ship is propelled and guided. This sail represents the spiritual life. The imprint of the Papal emblem represents the dogmatic teaching of the magisterium of the Catholic Church which enables us to know the deeper realties of the spiritual & moral life. In positioning of the sails, the Natural Law hoisted on top of the spiritual life to represent how the spiritual life raises uplifts the natural virtues of man. With these two sails, man is able to catch the guiding wind of the Holy Spirit and the blowing winds of life propelling himself toward his divine destination.

THE INNER SHIELD

This inner shield of iNVCITUS CHRISTUS is representative of our inner will - our deepest conviction. It is here that the heart of iNVCITUS CHRISTUS resides. A heart that “Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” for Christ.” (1 Corinthians 13:7). This is the iron of iron that makes a man a man of iNVCITUS CHRISTUS.

THE FOUR BLUE RIBBIONS

The number four in catholic tradition represents God’s absolute control over the world and therefore, is an allusion to God’s divine providence. The color blue is symbolic of the blessed mother and represents her role as our eternal advocate and a model of a will completely fused to the will of God.

THE NINE BOLTS

The placement of nine bolts on the shield is representative of the Catholic tradition of the number 9 being associated with the “Hour of Prayer” (e.g. a “nine” day novena etc). “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.” (Acts 3:1).

In addition, the bolts also symbolize the 9 gifts & fruits of the Holy Spirit: “... For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1 Corinthians 12:4) & “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace."