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# Thursday, March 10, 2005

I've been asked numerous times what “dotNetTemplar” is and/or do I know the history of the Knights Templar.  The answer to the latter is yes, probably a little better than most, as it falls within one of my areas of expertise.  And I did, in fact, choose dotNetTemplar with the Knights Templar in mind, as the Latin motto and icon on this site might suggest.

For those of you who don't know, the Knights Templar were the first military order, founded during the time of the Crusades.  For a brief overview, you can read this article.  The primary reason the order appeals to me is that they were the first group to successfully blend a patently secular occupation (soldiering) with a religious vocation.  Their motto, “not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,” is what I think all of us who strive for excellence in this world should have as our motto.

So I adopted their motto as my own.  I, too, work in a secular occupation, and I try to do my best at it.  Yet I am a man of faith and believe that all the good that we have--our talents, belongings, intelligence, strength, etc.--is a gift from God.  I believe that without God, the source of all being, I would be and do nothing, so everything good that I am and do is thanks to God; therefore, he deserves to be honored for it.

Hence I try in my life (though I'm not by any stretch of the imagination perfect at it) to blend my faith into my secular activities, whether it be through keeping reminders of my faith near me, sharing my faith with others as seems appropriate, or simply doing what's right as much as I can by, for example, not pirating software, not lying, not cheating, giving to the homeless guy on the street who asks for money regardless of what I think he'll do with it, etc.  And by working towards this blend, I hope to in some ways--ways that I truly hope are not ostentatious--glorify God in my everyday life.

Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomini Tuo da gloriam.

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Thursday, March 10, 2005 9:27:36 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  |  Tracked by:
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Friday, March 25, 2005 9:53:44 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Thanks for the explanation. I agree with you.
Thursday, May 12, 2005 11:24:53 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Ambrose, by any chance are you a Mason?
Thursday, May 12, 2005 11:51:32 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Bill, I am most certainly not a Mason; historically, their relationship with Catholicism has been inimical, and I see no reason to believe that the philosophical causes of the conflict have changed, although in practice, they seem to have mellowed out, typifying post-modern tendencies.

So while masonry may be "mostly harmless" these days, it being mostly a men's club, I would not join due to essential differences between Masonic and Catholic doctrine.
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