This Week on Knight Life
Join Peace Prayer…. St Francis lead us to choose peace we pray – a choice we always have however difficult; and we visit a rural chaplain and Knights who work together to build the domestic church.
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 – Peace Prayer
Following the invitation of Supreme Chaplain Archbishop Lori Men of the Holy Rosary Council 2839 join together and lead us in reciting the peace prayer of St Francis to heal the wounds and divisions afflicting this country.
The novena or 9 days of prayer continue thru July 22nd. Neither our prayers nor our efforts to be peacemakers should stop then however. We must not give in to feelings of hopelessness in the face of more tragic news this past week. All people and especially Knights must persevere in our resolve to work for peace and justice starting in our own homes and communities.
Jonathon Eltrevoog was able to contact Andrew Walther of the Supreme Council Knights regarding the call to prayer and our choice to be an instrument of peace. Andrew gives further perspective on the Novena and what we can expect.
Iowa Knights are following State Deputy Jon Aldrich’s motto to be Men of Courage; a much needed gift of the Holy Spirit to respond peacefully and with love for our neighbor in need during this time of crisis.
This is Mike Gaspers for the Knight Life. We have been talking with Andrew Walther of the Supreme Council Knights of Columbus about the peace prayer of St Francis and making a courageous choice to be peacemakers in our world. I encourage all of us to continue praying for peace using the words of St Francis and trust these prayers will lead us to action for the good.
I invite you to learn more about the novena for healing by visiting http://www.kofc.org/en/news/releases/prayers-for-healing.html where you will find information on how to be involved. I also encourage you to listen again to this week’s interview and those previously aired as easy to play podcasts at http://iowaknightlife.org/. You can share the podcast link on Facebook or email it to your friends. All of you can be inspired by the story of Iowa Knights as you listen online.
This past week end I attended formation and knighthood exemplifications in Avoca Iowa. I want to thank the Lakes Degree team for lessons well delivered. It was a pleasant surprise to meet an old friend Father Tom Dooley who is pastor there and chaplain to Council 121-33 or as they liked to correct me 12-13-3. Father Tom was impressed with our renewed focus on spiritual lesson in the Knighthood degree and afterwards we discussed his experience with the Knights historically and presently.
Fr Tom was state chaplain twice. I recall how he liked to interact with those who served mass – including my son Ryan who fondly remembers the friendly and playful interaction. I hadn’t remembered that Father Tom had lost his own father early but was reminded of the importance of strong male role models when he told his story.
I met another strong father of 4 in Grand Knight Lon Schroeder. Lon spoke to our new Knights following the exemplification about the need to stand together in support of our masculine identity and the importance of spiritual development. I had the opportunity to let Lon tell me more of his back story which lead him to this point.
I shouldn’t be surprised when I run into Knights who are strong leaders and spiritual men but I do enjoy it when I run into men like Lon who are passionate about fatherhood and spirituality coming together in the Knights. Lon is especially interested in our renewed focus on our families as domestic church.
This is Mike Gaspers and you are listening to the Knight Life show where each week we strive to tell the story of the Iowa Knights from an insider’s point of view. This week we’ve gained some insight into a small rural council – Avoca-Walnut in west central Iowa. I found the partnership and bond between pastor and Knights is strong here; with expectations of better things to come.
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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 starting in your own family.
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