Knights of the Pain Table

A Camelot for Sufferers of Chronic Pain

Candlemas a Feast in the Middle Ages – Candles to Light Our Way in the Dark

| February 2, 2010

If Candlemas be fair and bright, Winter has another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Winter will not come again. ~an English Saying For thousands of years people have held festivals of lights. One of these celebrations takes place on February 2nd., which is forty days after the day Jesus was born and it […]

Thomas Aquinas – Medieval Theologian, Philosopher and Teacher

| January 10, 2010

Thomas Aquinas – Doctor Angelicus Thomas Aquinas was an extremely influential thinker in the middle ages. His philosophy exerted enormous influence on Christian theology, especially that of the Roman Catholic Church and then extending to Western philosophy. In 1225,  he was born in Italy and when he was a young child he went to Monte […]

Saint Damien De Vuester of Molokai Part II

| October 20, 2009

Saint Damien De Vuester of Moloka’I – Part II   “The world of politics and journalism can boast heroes, but few can be compared to Fr Damien of Molokai. It is worth looking at the sources of this heroism”. <!–[ ~ Mahatma Gandhi wrote these words. He spoke of how Father Damien exemplified the ideals […]

Father Damien – Apostle to the Lepers – Saint of Malokai Part I

| October 18, 2009

Father Damien – Part 1 Matron of the Bishop Home, Kalaupapa. To see the infinite pity of this place, The mangled limb, the devastated face, The innocent sufferers smiling at the rod, A fool were tempted to deny his God. He sees, and shrinks; but if he look again, Lo, beauty springing from the breasts […]

St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland Broke Free of Slavery to Transform Ireland

| March 17, 2008

 Naomh  Pádraig Patricius ( Latin for Patrick ) was born into a Roman British Christian family near the west coast of Britain.   His grandfather was a Christian priest.   When Patricius was a teenager,  pirates captured this young boy and sold him into slavery in Ireland.  For six years he worked as a Shepard for an […]

Love Unfolds the History of St. Valentine’s Day – Part 3 – Love doth Last Centuries

| February 14, 2008

Holiday of Love  – Part 3 – Final The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavoured to do away with the pagan element in the Lupercalia feasts.   Instead of having a lottery of available maidens for the young men, they chose to substitute the names of saints for those of maidens. During this […]

Love Unfolds the History of St. Valentine’s Day – Part 2 – Story of Saint Valentine

| February 14, 2008

Sainthood – Part 2 As the years passed the Christian Church became more powerful.   In the year 496 AD, Pope Gelasius I  ( 492-496 ) attempted to abolish Lupercalia, as he did not want the people to believe in Roman gods.    The people resisted,  so Pope Gelasius I  decided to make the holiday into a […]