This Week on Knight Life
…. Giving back requires effort; a Knight offers words of encouragement and a reminder that we do not stand alone; in fact you have in the Knights another Family — a Band of Brothers –Equally Yoked–who reach out to help others in need.
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 — Equally Yoked
To be able to give back is an important cultural value many are seeking. Knights know and practice its meaning in our charitable service activities. We’ve been hearing from Harlan Knights about a partnering project with a parish in Nicaragua that surely meets the definition of giving back in its best sense. Orlando Gil steps up for the Knight Life and talks to Kevin Hlavac after returning from his January trip to Nicaragua.
See Shelby County Nicaragua Partners for more information on how to get involved to donate to the solar power project.
I hope others are inspired to partner with our brothers and sisters in need – not to anonymously give money but to walk with them, to see Christ in their eyes and together help each of us to be interdependent as members of one family.
Rob Ryan is a devout Knight whose passion for being Catholic I’ve admired for a long time. Jonathon Eltrevoog talked with Rob about why he is a Knight.
Rob reminds me of Winston Churchill – never ever Quit. Great men never do. Knights should not either. We are made for greatness — in serving others.
Chris Determan advises as District Deputy immediately east of Des Moines. Soft spoken but always willing to speak up. I caught him one recent February day and he shared his story of journey back to the Catholic Church with me; and the crucial part the Knights have played, are playing in that story.
I have a whole new appreciation for Chris; his courageous journey to be faithful and that image of being equally yoked – bound together in unity – as Brothers.
Another Knight – younger than Chris – shares the same sentiments about the Knights as a safe place to share our faith and our stories. I met Walter Schaben at Dunlap immediately after his Knighthood degree.
We are a band of Brothers with all that metaphor can mean. We do provide that safe place where men can encourage one another, let down their guard and explore authentic Catholic manliness in today’s world.
Steve Hesprich returns with a delightful reflection from Knights to Christ. I really enjoy his turn of phrase here about being caught in the moment.
May each of us always be willing to see the face of Christ in others and to stop in our hectic days and business of our lives to see that crucial moment for what it really is.
Why are you a Knight – Orlando Gil of Harlan challenges all of us to not only answer this question but to share it with others – to inform, inspire and yes to invite others to join the Knights.
You can read my own answer to this question in coming weeks on the Harlan Knights blog. Just search for Harlan Knights Blog and you will find it.
We are story people. We want to share our story; we want to hear your story; your story as told by yourself. 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. Consider posting a comment about your experience with the Knights of Columbus.
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. Don’t forget to March with us this Saturday!
Interested in the Band of Brothers? Contact a Knight or your parish priest and we will bring you into this fraternity of Catholic men.
Knight Life is a production of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.