A knighthood (or a damehood, its female equivalent) is one of the highest honours an individual in the United Kingdom can achieve.

While in past centuries knighthood used to be awarded solely for military merit, today it recognises significant contributions to national life.

Recipients today range from actors to scientists, and from school head teachers to industrialists.

A knighthood cannot be bought and it carries no military obligations to the Sovereign. Continue reading Knighthoods

Why Not Now? — Waiting for Someday

If today is the day we will take our destiny into our hands, with God’s Love we will soon discover that we hold the keys of fate.

The time we are blessed is limited and tends to be used up all too quickly. How we utilize that time is consequently one of the most important decisions we make. Yet it is far too easy to put off until tomorrow what we are dreaming of today. The hectic pace of modern existence affords us an easy out; we shelve our aspirations so we can cope more effectively with the challenges of the present, ostensibly to have more time and leisure to realize our purpose in the future. Or we tell ourselves that we will chase our dreams someday once we have accomplished other lesser goals. In truth, it is our fear that keeps us from seeking fulfillment in the here and now—because we view failure as a possibility, our reasons for delaying our inevitable success seems sound and rational. If we ask ourselves what we are really waiting for, however, we discover that there is no truly compelling reason why we should put off the pursuit of the dreams that sustain us. Continue reading Why Not Now? — Waiting for Someday

Being of service to the world

Being of service to the world can be done in many ways, they need not be huge.
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Each of us is more than capable of helping the world, despite our fears and limitations and the uncertainty that holds us back. It is commonly accepted that it is impossible to make a difference without unlimited funding or free time, yet most healing, cleansing, and spreading of joy is accomplished in a matter of minutes. If we vow to make the world a better place one day at a time, the true significance of small good deeds reveals itself to us. We come to see that we can be of service without dedicating our lives to recognized charities or giving up the pleasures we enjoy. The warmth we feel when we help the world is only a tiny part of the affirmative transformations that take place when we make altruism a part of everyday existence. Continue reading Being of service to the world

Opening to Receive Comfort

Grief is part of the human experience. Sharing our grief allows us to ease our burden by letting someone else help carry it.

When we experience something that causes us to feel shock and sadness, we may feel the urge to withdraw from life. It may seem like remaining withdrawn will keep us protected from the world, but during these times it is important to reach out to those trusted and precious people who care about us the most. Even with our best information and reasoning, we never know when someone else’s experience or perspective can give us additional information that we need. The universe speaks to us through many channels, and when we open ourselves up to receive its messages, we also receive nurturing care from a loving partner in life’s journey. Continue reading Opening to Receive Comfort

Have John the Baptist’s Bones Been Found in Bulgaria?

Have John the Baptist’s Bones Been Found in Bulgaria?

Hulton Archive / Getty Images(Aug. 4) — Archaeologists in Bulgaria claimed to have located a sarcophagus containing the bones of John the Baptist, drawing enthusiasm from politicians but doubts from some experts.

An ancient alabaster reliquary, a box for relics, was found embedded in an altar at the ruins of a fifth-century monastery on the tiny Black Sea island of Sveti Ivan. On Sunday, the excavation’s leader, Kazimir Popkonstantinov, carefully pried open the miniature casket at a ceremony attended by local government figures and an Eastern Orthodox bishop in the nearby coastal town of Sozopol.

Inside, researchers found parts of a cranium, tooth and arm bone, according to Bulgarian news agency Novinite. Further tests are now being carried out on the remains, and the country’s culture minister, Vezhdi Rashidov, declared that people should wait for results before making “emotional statements” about the identity of the bones’ original owner.

Archaeologists in Bulgaria said they have found a sarcophagus containing John the Baptist’s bones, but other experts expressed doubts. Continue reading Have John the Baptist’s Bones Been Found in Bulgaria?


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O God, the refuge and defender of all people, we Thy Knights praise Thee who blessed the arms which were borne in Thy Holy Name at the great Siege of Jerusalem and Who thereby gave victory in adversity to Thy Knights at the walls of the Holy City ; O Lord, our God , may that Victory be the pattern that always grants victory within our walls, and abundance within our towers. O God , we give Thee thanks for that heavenly conquest which established the tradition of Knighthood for the whole world , and we do pray that always in our triumph over the pangs of strife , we , may forever remember Thy Knights who fought in Thine honour.

— From the Breviary of The Knights of the Swan

Of all tyrannies …

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies, The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

C.S. Lewis (1889-1963)

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Royal Military and Royal Hospital Order of St. John the Forerunner of the Crown of Gevaudan