Listen to the thoughts of the Desert Father and Mothers,  and you will find a prescription for a  truly Catholic life. These Desert Fathers and Mothers, who lived in the first centuries AD,  are the spiritual precursors, and, in a way, they are parents of the  contemplative aspects of the Chivalry Code of the Catholic Knights. These Monk-Knights also sought humility. They were ascetics  who fasted and avoided vain  possessions. Some took vows of silence. The magnificent Catholic knights were warriors as well as monks who  took to heart the words of James Epistle that faith without works is dead. They were true soldiers of Christ, not of any earthly kingdom or state.