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Decorum Eques AuratusParticipantNovember 11, 2015 at 3:22 pmPost count: 12
I received an confirmation from Connie Lee Carlisle Carlson Grand Secretary Knights Templar of America OSMTJ-USA. Since i live in Sarasota, Fl i assume it is Tampa, though it didn’t state exactly. I paid the $65 on-line, I still have the email.
Rick, I know she (Grand Secretary) has some big goings on at the moment and I know was wading through a lot of email traffic but I know would want me t pass on the message that she will answer anything you have sent. I actually looked up my closest Priory under the Priories tab and made contact that way as well. InHisService is/was my point of contact.
Hope that helps. In the mean time, be safe out there and stay the course.
TroyDecorum Eques AuratusParticipantNovember 11, 2015 at 3:19 pmPost count: 12
Greetings. My name is Scott Tedesco and I look forward to serving Christ both within the order and in my daily routine. I have submitted my request as well as my donation. I hope to be a part of OSMTJ. Currently I reside in New Jersey.
Welcome Scott. Be patient with the process as it usually takes up to two weeks. The Grand Secretary who will most likely be contacting you regarding your membership does wade through a lot of email traffic daily (as well as run many other things within the organization). If you look on the section along the right hand side while visiting some of the other tabs, you will notice one named Priories. Click on that one, which outlines the different locations and points of contact of where personnel are “assigned”.
Also, be sure to navigate through every bit of the website and learn as much as you can. Excited to have you hear and always great to have another strong follower of Christ aboard.
Take care, be safe and stay the course. It’s not always an easy road.
In Christ, TroyDecorum Eques AuratusParticipantNovember 10, 2015 at 7:33 pmPost count: 12
Welcome. So have you applied for membership?
Yes I did and was accepted last week. Congrats on your acceptance as well. I know it is a good feeling to be “part” of a team again. It was one of the biggest things I missed after retiring from the military.
I was wondering, since you are in MO as well, as to waht Priory were you assigned? I’m sure there is something in KC right?Decorum Eques AuratusParticipantNovember 10, 2015 at 7:27 pmPost count: 12
Very interesting article. I wasn’t aware of such a group either and hadn’t run across them in my research until now. I did notice you mentioned Bob Disney in the latter part of the article. Is that any relation to the Walt Disney line of succession?Decorum Eques AuratusParticipantNovember 10, 2015 at 7:19 pmPost count: 12
I agree that we brethern should be of one mind and one mission, though I also believe that passing off a question or “issue” someone needs clarity on should also be transparently addressed, as to ignore it will also cause division. So I personally will never shy away from lending an ear or discussing a topic with any of the members here. I hope we all can agree that some issues will always have two sides (politics, abortion, different churches’ beliefs, etc…) but in the name of standing tall, side by side and never relenting we always realize that no man (or woman) is perfect and therefore will sadly always eventually lead into conflict with another. I support Brother De Moley whole heartedly and will give some advice I learned as a young NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) in the Army……it was to pull your next-in-line leadership aside if you have an issue that might not be well received by the “team”. Therefore you are bringing it to the leaders attention and he/she will make the decision on how to properly bring the topic to the table for discussion. I think we have all seen (on social media) someone blurting out a personal opinion, which uncontrolled havoc breaks out and people always end up saying things they later regret.
I hope this may have helped in some fashion. Just my mere “two cents”.Decorum Eques AuratusParticipantNovember 8, 2015 at 3:51 pmPost count: 12
I think that is absolutely amazing and a huge step within the “differences of religion” topic. On my honeymoon a year ago we visited Ireland and saw how badly a country (countries) was/were divided over a difference in interpretation and/or beliefs. I’m actually looking at pursusing a degree in Theology through Harvard and have been invited to apply recently.
Amen for progress. Keep the faith and stay the course.Decorum Eques AuratusParticipantNovember 8, 2015 at 2:56 pmPost count: 12
My Fellow Knights,
I read this on a forum not too long ago. I don’t know wrote it, but I agree with it. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
Being a ‘Knight’ has never depended on strength of arms alone, nor on a ‘Shining Suit of Man-Made Armor’ adorned for battle. (Personally, I prefer ‘The Full Armor of God/The Arnor of Light). Rather, being a ‘Knight’ has always been about Understanding, Hope and Heart (Courage).
The ‘Knight’ understands that there are things bigger and more important than himself. He understands tha the stances he takes may not always be popular, but that a society deprived of its moral values will soon turn on itself. The ‘Knight’ defends those values no matter how outdated or old fashioned they may seem. He does it because it is the ‘Right’ thing to do. No one has to tell him that it is ‘Right,’ he knows it because it is part of who he is. He is willing to ‘Stay-The-Course,’ and to have ‘Faith’ that there will be a ‘Better Tomorrow,’ for all of us and that ‘One Man’ can still make a difference in this world in which we live.
The ‘Knight,’ you see, is a ‘Herald of Hope.’ True, he is here to ‘Serve’ God & his Neighbors, but he also sets the example of what it means to be ‘Noble’ and ‘Honorable.’ So, especially in these times in which we live, he gives ‘Hope’ to those who want to believe that ‘Good Men’ still exist. His presence is a ‘Light’ to those around him, not because of some ‘Wordly Greatness’ he may have achieved, but because just being around him makes things seem better and brighter. The ‘Impossible’ suddenly seems ‘Possible’ – and when the ‘Darkness is at its absolute Darkest’ – somehow just being near to a ‘Knight’ gives one a sense that everything will be all right, that the ‘Light of Christ’ will be triumphant!
There is within the ‘Heart of a Knight’ an ‘Inner Reserve of Strength,’ the limits of which even the ‘Knight’ himself does not know. The ‘Heart of the Knight’ is unique. The ‘Holy Fire’ kindled within by ‘The Holy Spirit,’ when his ‘Righteous Anger’ is brought to bear, would send even the most vile ‘Demon’ fleeing in terror. Yet, his ‘Wisdom’ can calm a fight between others. His ‘Compassion’ can be a ‘Healing Balm’ to those who have been wounded in ‘Heart’ or ‘Spirit.’ His love of ‘Friends’ and ‘Family’ is Unconditional, Unyeilding and Unending.
All of thest things a ‘Knight’ does not consciously strive for. They simply are a part of who he is. His Character, because of his ‘Christian Faith,’ is of a finer quality and the ‘Light’ that he brings to the world, which is the ‘Light of Christ,’ helps to stave off the ‘Darkness.’ That is where the ‘Knight’ is always to be found, standing between the ‘World’ and the ‘Darkness.’ He stands there not because he has to, but because he chooses to. He understads where he is needed the most and where his brother & Sister Knights are to be found……waiting for him.
Honorable Grail Knight,
Warmest greetings and humble thanks for sharing your literary discovery. As any good student of theology and philosophy, we read, we interpret, we analyze and then internalize what this new knowledge means to each of us…..then we discuss, throw ideas back and forth and in the end, come closer as brethern with a common understanding of what it is we read. No one perspective is usually ever the same and so I would just like to add some imput from “this side of the fence”. I agree with much of what is within the words, but I also have a very strong opinion of what the title of your post relates. Are you guys open to a bit of discussion on the topic of what it means to be a “Knight”?Decorum Eques AuratusParticipantNovember 8, 2015 at 1:36 pmPost count: 12
I’m Alex. I’m 17 years old. I have been a christian for about 6 years now. i got baptised 2 years back and i love Jesus!
Welcome Alexander. It is a pleasure to have such young men coming to Christ and learning how to lead and serve their fellow man. My door is always open and I look forward to fellowship and sharing some stories.
Again, welcome, be safe and God bless.
TroyDecorum Eques AuratusParticipantNovember 2, 2015 at 9:10 pmPost count: 12
Very cool. I have been through there many times. We just moved back here (MO) from KS, as I retired out of Ft Riley. So on our trips to and fro we took Hwy 50 out of KC down to Jeff City and south to Rolla. Next time we roll through I will make sure to send you a msg.Decorum Eques AuratusParticipantNovember 2, 2015 at 9:04 pmPost count: 12
Great post Richard and welcome. I am a retired Army Criminal Investigator and share your views on the state of our great country at times. I think more than many, we too often see the bad things people do to each other, though with mass media taking hold the way it is, everyone is seeing pretty much eerything. I thank you for your service and be safe.Decorum Eques AuratusParticipantNovember 2, 2015 at 8:29 pmPost count: 12
Decorum Eques AuratusParticipantNovember 2, 2015 at 8:17 pmPost count: 12
As a young child, I was always fascinated with the travels of Jesus. Of course during Jesus’ time there were Roman soldiers and thus an addition to the story that is told. Being one that naturally gravitated towards military things, during my “trips” through encyclopedias and library, I came across the Knights Templar. Initially of course as a child I never fully understood the true meaning and dedication of a Knight, but as I grew older and served many years in the military, I did become familiar with that dedication to our fellow man and selfless service. Having served literally all over the world and even visiting some of the locations our Christ walked, when the topic of Knights Templar came about, I naturally payed more attention. So for many years now I have researched and looked into joining a fraternal order but I only do so with very careful thought. My mother always told me to avoid impulse buying and to take at least three days before going forward with something you really want. She always said if you still want it in three days then you will most likley find it useful in your life. Well this time it took me close to 20 years. Being a Soldier the Masonic Order was always “there”, which I can neither say “yea” or “nay” on if it was all that it was supposed to be, as I never was one……but the sad fact that I investigated so many peple during my tenure as an investigator, of that particular order, it really made me question the company I would hold. So I have searched and researched and very much agree with the honor, integrity and Christian faith of the Knights Templar. A “poor Soldier of Christ” is well grounded in selfless service and acts of kindness where there is no expectation of gain. I do believe in strength of character and keeping oneself pute in body, mind and spirit…….though we are all human and naturally know we fall short of the grace of God, as it says in the Bible. I think all He asks is that we stand up and treat others as we desire to be treated and do what is right, always. The Army always preached integrity and the definition rings so true, to do what is right, even when no one is looking. To me a Knight Templar is the definition of many things and just one if them is true Christian integrity.