In his book* titled E tutta la casa si riempì del profumo dell’unguento – And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume, on the spirituality of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, the Grand Master, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, reflects on the life, beliefs, values and choices of a Knight and a Dame. “It is the Order itself that gives primary importance to the vocation to the holiness of its members and aspires to be an instrument of development and deepening of the spiritual progress of each in the environment in which faith is practiced and lived”.

Pope Francis, speaking to the members of this Pontifical Institution, urged them “not to forget that the main purpose of your Order resides in the spiritual growth of its members. Therefore, any success of your initiatives cannot ignore adequate religious training programs aimed at each Knight and each Dame, so that they can consolidate their essential relationship with the Lord Jesus, especially in prayer, in meditation on the Sacred Scriptures and in embracing the doctrine of the church”. (Address of the Holy Father to the members of the Consulta of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, November 16, 2018).

*Published by the Vatican Publishing House and currently available in bookstores in Italian. It will be published in other language versions in 2021.