From 'Mementoes of the Martyrs' : "...which provoked a Frenchman who was there to comment on the strange ways of the English, "those who are for the pope are hanged, those who are against him are burned:"                                               Saint John-Paul II wrote: "The fact that one can die for the faith shows that other demands of the faith can also be met."                                                 Cardinal Müller says, “For the real danger to today’s humanity is the greenhouse gases of sin and the global warming of unbelief and the decay of morality when no one knows and teaches the difference between good and evil.”                                                  St Catherine of Siena said, “We've had enough exhortations to be silent. Cry out with a thousand tongues - I see the world is rotten because of silence.”                                                  Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”                                                Brethren, Wake up!

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS AND APOLOGIES

On the last day of the Christmas Season, the Grand Priory of England, and this Blog in particular, extends to its estimable Readers all good wishes for Christmas, for the Epiphany, and for a New Year 2019.  Equally apologies for silence and lack of posts, for various reasons.

People repeatedly and tediously talk of New Year's resolutions. Silly egocentric ones in the newspapers, better ones from the pulpit. The Editors of this blog ask you for only one, and ask that, should you fail in all the others, this be the one you keep.  Please, in this critical year of 2019, pray  regularly for our Order of Saint John – for its charitable work among Our Lords the Poor and Sick, for its Religious Life, and for its future. None of these is certain.

The Grand Prior, Fra' Ian Scott, sends his good wishes from Rome, and extends greetings and prayers to you all.

OUR LADY OF PHILERMO, PRAY FOR US
SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST, PRAY FOR US
BLESSED GERARD, PRAY FOR US

(The painting shows the Nativity by Caravaggio, formerly in Palermo, possibly destroyed)