This Week on Knight Life
We focus on more life issues, this time ethical stem cell technology and treatments.
We learn about successful communication and leadership tips from a Star Council Grand Knight
And a former Iowan talks about his Knightly involvement and keys to recruiting success.
Hello, I’m Mike Gaspers –back with you for our half hour of information, inspiration and invitation around the activities of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
This is Knight Life…our Mission is to Go Make A Difference – with Courage for our brother Knights, for their families, for life
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Overview of the Podcast
Stem cells are again in the news where it was reported in USA Today that John Brodie and Gordie Howe, aging sports heroes who both suffered massive strokes, traveled abroad to receive stem cell treatments. Some of the treatment was of neural stem cells derived from an aborted fetus. In the news article I read much space was devoted to explaining terminology and types of stem cells. It was acknowledged however that a baby was aborted to provide the stem cell line for these men’s treatment. Half a million treatments might be derived, but they all originate from that one aborted baby. A terrible tradeoff for devout pro-lifers and not a choice to be considered despite all the benefits. The cost of an innocent human life is just too high and so unjust.
Dr. Alan Moy founder of the John Paul 2 institute is a devout Catholic committed to ethical research into technology to produce cures and healing without the shadow of destroyed innocent life hanging over the results or its methods. Iowa Knights have been supporters since the institute was founded near Iowa City a number of years ago.
I talked with Jay Kamath, CEO of the institute following his presentation to delegates at the 114th state convention. Jay uncovers some of the particulars of the institutes approach and the promise it holds. John Paul II Medical Research Institute is a non-profit that does research using adult stem cells to find cures while it promotes the value of human life.
A little more than a century after the death of Jesus a writer attempting to explain Christians noted “They marry and have children like everyone else but they do not destroy their offspring …. And they share their food but not their spouses.” It is my desire that Knights and their families will be recognized in similar fashion.
A couple of weeks ago we heard from Dave Sanger on how his experience of the Knights was in keeping him a man of his word. We come back to the interview with Dave to further discuss how he operates as the leader of the Monona Council.
Dave is as fine a Catholic leader as any we have. Each of us is destined to leadership by our baptism into the shared mission of Jesus Christ. As Knights we have the means to live out and be supported in this leadership. It starts with leadership over our own passions so as to not distract us from this path of mission. A habit of action to serve others first grows into an ability to teach others by our example – family first – then others around us. In this lies council leadership for Knights – teaching others to live lives of servant leadership by example.
A brother Knight who has done this for many years is Gary Dikes who hails from Kentucky. He wasn’t always from there – in fact he has roots in Iowa. I explore Gary’s Iowa connection with him and his journey to be a leading recruiter. He had come off a very successful year as the State membership director
I was surprised to learn Gary had an Iowa connection and even more surprised that a past state chaplain asked him to become a knight. I’m certain his assertion that you need to have younger members recruit younger men into the knights is very true.
We often hear of how small the world can be; usually when we run across someone or something that we did not expect to have in common. But it happens more often than it does not. This week’s Knights to Christ reflection from Steve Hesprich is on one thing we all have in common – an angel’s touch. Angels with no name other than mother.
Thank you Steve.
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