This Week on Knight Life
Knightly action because life matters! This week on Knight Life we explore what hospice care is and what it is not; We learn about a program to benefit young people; and we are challenged to recognize Christ especially in the small moments of our lives.
Hello, I’m Mike Gaspers 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 Be Men of Courage and to do everything with LOVE for our fellow man, woman, child and unborn child.
We open this week with a prayer for life from Fr. Dan Greving of the Sts Mary and Joseph Cluster in the Sioux City Diocese.
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Overview of the Podcast
This week the Culture of Death casts a longer shadow over our land as California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law assisted suicide legislation. Knights acknowledge the terribly difficult situations people can find themselves in where hope seems elusive. We join with Pope Francis in proclaiming there are no disposable people.
I reached back into our archives and am replaying for our listeners an interview with Ken Root and Tom Moreland of St Judes Hospice. Tom is a third degree Knight of Columbus explains how end of life care can be respectful of life until natural death.
Honoring human dignity and right to life from conception to natural death is reflective in many Knights Activities. Since about 1974 Iowa Knights of Columbus have been strong supporters financially and otherwise of Special Olympics Iowa. A very large percentage of our councils participate in the CPID drive (think tootsie rolls) which raises funds for both local charities but also Special Olympics on a statewide basis.
Denny Hagedorn of West Des Moines is the Statewide Chairman of this campaign for persons with intellectual disabilities. We visit with him about some of the particulars. to learn more visit http://iowakofc.org/page/cpid
Since 1974 Iowa Knights have contributed well over $15 million dollars and many hours to helping organizations serving persons with Intellectual disabilities.
Another great program is Best Buddies of Iowa. This program aims to partner persons with intellectual disability with someone their own age for socialization and fun activities. Paul Martin and Don Hauser of the Des Moines St Augustine council give us an overview of an innovative strategy they used to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.
While many may want to dismiss persons with intellectual disabilities as being less valuable or lacking quality of life; Knights however stand firm in shining a light into this shadow to proclaim all persons have dignity and often these buddies of ours teach us how to love unconditionally and live every moment full of joy.
Steve Hesprich offers a reflection on keeping our eyes open to recognize God active in our lives, especially in the small and perhaps mundane moments of the everyday. May our eyes be open to the beauty of every human person in whatever condition or stage of life.
$52 saves one child. If you recognize the baby within, you save the child. To donate today to save a baby’s life visit www.seethebaby.org. How many babies will you help us save?
To find out more on the Iowa Knights visit our website www.iowakofc.org or you can also follow Iowa Knights on Facebook or on Twitter. Want to know more about how paper plates and saving babies – stay tuned.
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. Knights make it easy to give back.
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.
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Due to an attempted hack this is a repost.