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Weekly Prayers

Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom

From the Office of the Grand Priory Chaplains

Chevalier Neale Baines.                       9nd November 2018.

Deeper journey into faith

 I needed some spiritual direction, so I contacted the local retreat house close to where I live, and arranged a meeting with one of the brothers. The house belongs to a Roman Catholic order, the Xaverian Missionaries.

Fr Bideri met me at the door and the first thing he did was hug me, welcomed me to the retreat, made me a cup of tea and we made our way to a nice quiet room.  His first question was “tell me about you.” I seemed to ramble on for a while, and then Fr Bideri told me about his personal journey to faith.

If I Have No Love, I am Nothing

(1 Corinthians 13:2)

I learnt a lot that day, my first lesson was to make sure everyone is welcome, and extend your hospitality to all, no matter what your differences are. My second lesson made me realise that I have been following the right path for some time, but needed to let go of some of the barriers

 I'd built up over the years, and from those crossroads would be able to move forward. The brother had a great story to tell and from that story he was able to show me the way of our lord Jesus Christ.

The Fr Bideri’s message was about divine love, unconditional love for all living beings. I sat and listened, and after he told his story, I asked a simple question “How do you get to God“? A question I have been battling with for years, and once again the reply was simple -“BY LOVING ALL AND SERVING ALL SELFLESSLY.”  We cannot love God without loving our neighbour.

St Paul expressed the wonders of spiritual love in his letter to the Philippians (2:3-4):

“ Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vain glory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but everyone for those of others “

There is nothing greaterin humanity than selfless love. We experience a deeper communion with God, and this in turn makes us feel good, wishing good, desiring good, seeing good, thinking good, speaking good and doing good. Our Lord Jesus Christ was totally inhabited by divine love.

“God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, 

Jesus went about doing good.” (Acts of the Apostles 10: 38 )

Hear us, O Lord, as we remember those for whom we pray:

For all affected by natural disasters, and human beings facing death by starvation because of war and uncaring governments.

Sunday 11th November is Remembrance Day – this year we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War 1. Let us never forget all those who laid down their lives in WW1, WW2 and all subsequent conflicts; and those still suffering the aftermath of the horror of wars.

In His Love,

Neale.