Give thanks for our British heritage: Monin

We are blessed by our connection to the mother country

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I don’t often support privilege, but I recognize the immense value of Canada’s connection to the British Royal Family.

They have been in the news for many reasons, so it is time to be grateful for what they bring the world.

They work quietly away in many worthwhile charities and don’t seek thanks.

They are apolitical and bring a dignity and manners and style that no celebrity or leader can have.

They carry a quality the newly rich crave.

Those countries who are fortunate to be members of the British family of nations, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and others, have benefitted from the Commonwealth connection, although they are independent nations.

We have inherited their values of duty, loyalty, integrity, truth, justice, kindness, compassion and equality.

Although the family is not perfect, our connection is a vital outside standard of behaviour a country needs.

The Royals, with their family squabbles, show that they are like all families, and they have the same faults as us.

This has made them more attractive, and we have been blessed by Queen Elizabeth II, who shows her humanity in her ability to weather all family storms and still present us with that lovely smile and humour that breaks through often.

The family turns to their grandmother in times of crisis, and HRH’s word is final.

We are blessed by our connection to the mother country and would be like all other republics, which have no outside positive influence.

Like Brexit, the Royal connection, if severed, is irreversible, and will harm us and make us like the ordinary countries who do not have an external positive standard.

I quote from the Queen’s traditional Christmas message in 2016:

She hailed “inspirational unsung ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”

She urged people to achieve “small things with great love.”

“I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organizers and good neighbours; unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special.”

“They are an inspiration to those who know them, and their lives frequently embody a truth expressed by Mother Teresa, who once said: ‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love’.”

The Queen said, “Even with the inspiration of others, it’s understandable that we sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to help.”

“On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine.”

“Christ’s example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love,” she said in conclusion.

“The message of Christmas reminds us that inspiration is a gift to be given as well as received, and that love begins small but always grows.”

The Christmas message is one of the special occasions where she speaks from the heart, without having to consult government ministers.

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