Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”


As we draw to the close of what has been a busy summer in the Conventual Church, we can perhaps allow ourselves a post which is not directly relevant to the daily life of Saint John's Wood.

It has been brought to our attention that there is a video available, which you can watch below, of the annual audience granted by His Holiness Pope Benedict to His Most Eminent Highness the Prince and Grand Master, accompanied by members of Sovereign Council, on the 25th June 2010. The evident intimacy and warmth even within this formal setting is something of which the Order may be justly proud, and which allows it to strengthen and develop its missionary work fully conformed to the mind of the Church.

It is good to see this report as we await with joy the visit of the Holy Father to these shores. The report is lent further local relevance for us by featuring the homage of Fra' Duncan Gallie, Member of Sovereign Council, and Chancellor of the Grand Priory of England and Vice-Chancellor of the British Association.

Please remember to pray for the Holy Father every day, and also for the Grand Master and the spiritual and humanitarian work of the Order of Malta.

Our Lady of Philermo, pray for us
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us