This Week on Knight Life
This week on Knight Life …. The wise men are NOT the only one with gifts to share. Large or small each one’s gift of self adds up to a tremendous force for good.
Hello, I’m Mike Gaspers back with you for a half hour of information, inspiration and invitation around the activities of this band of brothers the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
This is Knight Life…our Mission is Be Men of Courage and to do everything with LOVE for our fellow man, woman, child and unborn child.
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Overview of the Podcast – Gift of Self
Our Advent preparations are at an end and that which we awaited is here. My own preparations always seem insufficient compared to the gift of Love coming into the World anew. That is why after all I need a savior – I’ve fallen short and will never on my own measure up. I am content to be present as witness as Jesus is laid in the manger but know that soon I will also be at the foot of the cross. These two are very much linked.
We start off this week with Christmas greetings from our State Deputy Jon Aldrich. His focus – Gift of self to others and your family.
Knights are men following the example of Joseph who cared for and protected Jesus and Mary. It is thru service and obedience to God’s will that we find our way in this life. That core understanding lies at the heart of Fr McGivney’s vision of the Knights. It is this understanding I believe that led to a recent reinforced initiative by our Knights leaders know as “Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish” Our State Deputy Jon Aldrich talks about some aspects of this mission.
It is a most appropriate action to come along-side the pastor as his trusted right hand. The foundation of the Knights of Columbus lies in families – the domestic church. Moreover the initiative is designed to help the Catholic family become a domestic Church whose daily life reflects the aspects of the entire church. For this to become a reality the family must be more fully integrated in the sacramental life of the parish.
It all begins with the fraternity and charity of the Knights council helping others and at the same time changes us to be more Christ-like toward each other and our families. To learn more see the address of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson to the State Deputies this past November posted on the Iowa Knights YouTube channel.
I met a new Knight this December who is experiencing just those benefits of membership. Scott Valencia is District Warden #48 which means he is helping the district deputy and learning the ropes to perhaps take on that leadership role in the future. I spoke with Scott about his time in the Knights and learned he is on the fast track so to speak.
We recently heard similar sentiments from Russ Yount that no man need be an island – the ideal of Catholic manhood is in community with our brothers. Sure we may be busy with important duties of raising our children and earning a living. We make time to help out where and when we can. But we don’t do it alone when we work together as Knights. Knights strengthen and encourage each other as together we build up the domestic church.
Bob Douglas is 6 months into his term as State Advocate. I shared a conversation with Bob on what the experience has been so far for him. We cover Knight’s parish focus, Iowa Knights Charitable foundation and membership.
Congratulations to Sacred Heart Des Moines 9632 and Burlington 568 for achieving Contest of Champions. Both councils brought 22 new men into the Knights – most of any council in Iowa. That’s 44 more brothers or 88 more hands to build up the domestic church in those parishes!
For more information on the Iowa Charitable Foundation and how it may benefit you while doing good for others visit http://iowakofc.org/ and look for Charitable Foundation under the “State” tab or click here http://iowakofc.org/page/charitable-foundation
Mark your calendars for January 16th. That is the date of the Midwest March for Life in Des Moines. Visit http://www.iowartl.org/midwest-march-for-life/ for details.
Steve Hesprich reflects that our Advent preparations are nearly over but not to let Christmas be only one day or one season in our faith journey. Several times this month I’ve heard someone say that faith like Advent is a gift. It’s up to us to accept and unwrap that gift.
To find out more on the Iowa Knights visit our website www.iowakofc.org .You can follow Iowa Knights of Columbus on Facebook or on Twitter @IAKnights for the latest news and updates.
We are a family friendly fraternity. We place God First in our lives and then with mercy and in charity act courageously to serve others.
If you feel prompted to give something back and want to become more of the Catholic man you were created to be, join us as we make a difference serving our church, our communities and our families. Knights make it easy to give back.
I’m Mike Gaspers, thank you for listening. Feeling inspired? Then act courageously and with love to put your faith into action by word and by deeds.
Knight Life is a production of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.