“The only worthwhile striving is after the highest ideals: If you aim for an easy target, your standard will inevitably decline, and no progress is ever made, except through real effort and real suffering.” - Servant of God Fra' Andrew Bertie                                                                                                                                                 "Work as if everything depends on you, pray as if everything depends on God" - Saint Ignatius of Loyola



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The BBC online news service carries an interesting report from a site near the Black Sea in Bulgaria, about the possible finding of further relics of our Blessed Patron John the Baptist.  Click here to watch the video report.  

The report tells us there is a tooth within the sarcophagus, which adds to the substantial heritage of claimed relics of the Baptist's head - in Damascus, visited by Pope John-Paul II in 2001; in Rome at San Silvestro in Capite; in Amien Cathedral; and on Mount Athos, among the most reknowned.  Some or none of these may be real, which in no way diminishes their value as aids to devotion, and in venerating them we honour the Saint, and join in the prayers of pilgrims over many centuries.

There is is of course no authority to believe in the veracity of this latest find, but we pass it on as a matter of some historical and pious interest.