This Week on Knight Life
We reflect on a patriot’s faith movement; A district deputy stays on to get it done one more time; and stress the importance of a father’s spiritual leadership.
Hello, I’m Mike Gaspers I’m back with you for a 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
I pledge allegiance to the flag …… words we recite often. Knights are rightfully proud of our investment in these two words “under God” which reflect our belief shared by the founders in the origin of all our rights. The pledge is filled with other powerful words whose origin lies in the conflicts which baptized our nation’s principles. That of indivisible was purchased dearly during the civil war. That of liberty has been on the lips of patriots in so many of the conflicts in which our nation has triumphed over forces opposed to individual freedoms.
The Athenian leader Pericles offered a tribute to the fallen heroes of the Peloponnesian War over 24 centuries ago that could be applied today to the millions of Americans who have died in the nation’s wars: “Not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions, but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.”
Our freedoms have been purchased at great price beginning with our Savior himself but also by so many who were willing to lay down their lives that we may live in this one nation under God.
With Major General John A. Logan, civil war veteran who is attributed with founding Memorial Day, let us commit as patriots and Knights to “let no vandalism of avarice of neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.” Honor the price they paid for freedom by engaging in defense of those very freedoms in the public square today.
Many Knights are also servicemen. I ran into Earl Harper at an exemplification as a proud member of the honor guard. Earl chose the Knights after learning what active men were doing for their parish. That’s the kind of faith in action Earl was looking for.
Earl’s biggest service involvement has been with the CPID, specifically over the Edge for Special Olympics. Another Special Olympics event will be coming up on June 6th when Knights and many others will engage in the 2nd Annual Plane Pull. Teams of 20 will compete to pull a 757 UPS plane to raise money for Special Olympics. To learn more or to donate go to www.iowakofc.org and search on White Collar Crew or Plane Pull.
I’ve known John Amdor for a long time – first thru out mutual business connections in the meat business, but later thru the Knights of Columbus. He was successful as a Grand Knight and after giving it a break agreed to the challenge of district deputy. It hasn’t always been easy but John hasn’t quit. Let’s hear why.
I admire John for sticking with the Knights even when it hasn’t been easy – councils that are not engaged to his wife’s cancer. A special shout out to Joyce his wife. She is always supportive and is currently enjoying better health.
Our next guest has spoken with us several times in the past. Fr Anderson is the Chaplain of St Columbkille’s David J. Ochs council in Dubuque where he encourages and welcomes the Knight’s activity. Fr Anderson stresses two key focal points for Knightly leadership: (1) take on some of the work of the pastor and (2) the critical role engaged fathers play in the family.
Fr Anderson has spoken to me before of how critical this need for spiritually engaged fathers and how the Knights can foster this servant leadership. We’ve heard from many men how the Knights kept them on the right track and lead them to be better fathers and better husbands.
One such man is Merlin Platt from Manson. He is currently serving as the Deputy Grand Knight there. Merlin talks about finding time to be of service with the Knights despite a busy schedule.
Thank you Merlin. I would love to hear from our listeners stories about the influence their fathers – in the Knights or not – had in their lives
This week’s reflection from Knights to Christ is on the principle of patriotism and the importance of trust in leadership.
Thank you Steve for another wonderful reflection. It reminds me of words Dave Sanger spoke to us only several weeks ago about words without deeds are like weeds in the garden of life. Let us therefore treasure the sacrifices of those who gave their all for our country by acting with purpose to keep our founding principles burning brightly.
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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 hoping 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 courageously Go Make A Difference in the World by your words and by your deeds.
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