This Week on Knight Life
(This show first aired on September 10, 2014 and is being repeated)
This week on Knight Life – what do we stand for? What do I stand for? How much will I risk for what I believe? This key question is faced by all of us – perhaps more so as young men starting out. I recently listened to a commentator reflecting on what makes a stand-up guy – you know the one who doesn’t back down from supporting the right thing even when facing big odds. Most of us in small or big ways have faced this at some time or another. We’ve had the opportunity to defend someone from the attack of a bully – be it school yard or break room. What did we choose?
How do the Knights make stand up guys – the kind of guy we look up to the one who won’t back down despite the odds. Who will stand his ground on what is right? Most assuredly it is the fraternity we enjoy with other Knights – and the origins of that fraternity in our ceremonials – the lessons we teach and promise to act upon as Knights of Columbus.
I pull together reflections from Supreme’s Gary Nolan, Lake’s Staff Michael Knight, Don Kenyon, and Karl Wisbrock on their involvement with teach Knights what it truly means to be a Knight and how to act as a Knight of Columbus.
This is Mike Gaspers and this is Knight Life – our mission is to Go and Make a Difference!
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Overview of the Podcast
This week we explore making a difference thru our ceremonials or degrees. I reach back to an interview with Gary Nolan – Supreme’s VP of Ceremonials for his keen insight on the nature of the Knights and our ceremonials. We can hear why this is his dream job and the passion he brings to shepherding its correct focus across the order.
Certainly a lot of emphasis is rightfully placed on our degrees and what they mean. When I made my second and third degrees in the Knights I still remember the lessons taught and those who taught them. I caught up with Mike Knight from Spencer of the Lakes Degree Staff last September. He has been on the degree staff for 30 years and was one of those who taught me those lessons when I was a young man and new Knight. Mike is committed – listen to why….
Mike Knight and Gary Nolan both echo how the Knights in their experience bring men close to the Church and prompt them to Act – to be stand up guys. I also remember Don Kenyon from a number of degrees over the years. I admired Don’s delivery of the lessons and his dedication to his degree work. I’ve often thought to myself this is someone I’d love to work with myself – and recently was able to do just that.
Our degrees are 4 in number – Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Although the first can be considered our most important principle, the other three are no less key to forming and creating solid Knights. I caught up with Karl Wisbrock from Oskaloosa at the 2014 State Convention just prior to the Exemplification of the 4th Degree lesson. He shares his role as Defender of the Faith and its importance.
Karl and I were District Deputies together back in the early 1990’s. Each of us has stayed involved in various ways out of love for the Knights and a feeling – a knowledge that what we do is important, not only to be charitable as Knights but also to reach out to other men to let them know what we have learned and love.
Mike Skonvold of Spencer is also on the Lakes Staff. I remember when he first started on the team – and as he shares that is already 12-15 years ago. He puts out an offer for others to get involved. Perhaps you may feel called to teach others these valuable lessons that may change your life and theirs
What do younger Knights look for in an organization? Travis Risvold from Granger Assumption parish tries to shake what he sees as perceived image of young committed knights as “unicorns” or mythical creatures that don’t really exist .Do young men exist wanting to make a difference? Of course – listen to Travis explain where to find them and how to keep them.
Meaning and efficiency of time. One most efficient use of time is our own spiritual development and focus.
On this anniversary of 9-11 Steve Hesprich shares Knights to Chris reflections – how do we avoid confusion surrounding our goals and focus?
How can you “Be the Difference” in someone’s life. By Intention, by Passion and perhaps as we believe by becoming a Knight of Columbus where we endeavor to “Go and Make a Difference” in the lives of all those we meet especially our families and those who are in need – man, woman, child, or unborn child.
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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.
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.
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