This Week on Knight Life
A pro-life woman shares her journey thus far and what part the Knights can play in saving lives. A district leader shares the value of Knights in his life. And young Knights give us faith as reason for their involvement
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.
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Overview of the Podcast
Russ Wendell is our District Deputy #17 an area in north central Iowa which includes his home town of Eagle Grove, Webster City, Humbolt and Fort Dodge. Russ and I sat down and talked about the impact of the Knights of Columbus in his life. I think you will hear why he continues to be involved and why it drives him as a leader.
Russ shares with me his view of the Knights revolves around being passionate about our church and our faith. He certainly has that passion in action with the Knights.
Passion is a word you can use to describe Kendra Burger – a young lady on fire for life. Kendra recently graduated from Simpson College and is working full time at Iowa Right to Life. I was introduced to her at our convention in April and came away knowing a dedicated warrior for life. Although not a Knight herself, she is a valuable partner in our work to change hearts and minds. Kendra talks about growing up in a Catholic home where values were taught as everyday events. She describes her experience starting Students for Life at Simpson College and where her immediate future is leading.
At that same convention I met two brothers – college aged men who are enthused about being Knights and enthused about their faith. The Shatek brothers explain why they choose to be involved in the Knights and reveal a strong faith based in family values into which they were raised.
You heard in the background the crew tearing down the convention venue. Meetings come to an end as do all life’s activities. Camaraderie and fraternity however continue beyond and for a life time. They are certainly among the most valuable charms of the Knights of Columbus. We do not stand alone but among brothers supporting each other over our lifetimes.
My lifelong friends are often Knights as well. As I’ve mentioned before, the Onawa-Blencoe Knights are close to my heart as I was their district deputy many years ago. I still drop in occasionally for meetings and this last July was invited to their officer installation. While there I addressed the men on the need to continue to reach out and grow their council by adding new members.
A commonly heard commercial asserts “at the corner of Happy and Healthy” is the place to be. While I believe most of us want to be on that corner with our friends and family a truer picture might appear to be “on the corner of harried and hopeless”. On that corner we hear “I’m too busy to join the Knights right now … you know it’s the kids, job, travel, etc.” and at that same intersection our KofC Recruiters accept this reason without adequate comeback. We acknowledge we are all busy and you should know the amount of time put in with the Knights is completely up to you. Even one or two Saturdays a year is a big help. Also, with the family oriented activities we offer, a man will have more meaningful opportunities to spend time with his family growing in faith and service. Finally, it’s our camaraderie in faith that is most attractive I believe as I hear it from Knights all the time.
Meet us where and when your family’s journey intersects our Knights activities. It just may be at the intersection of Family and Knights that we will discover the corner of Happy and Healthy enjoying the combination of faith, family and fraternity.
Do what you do today for the church, your family and your community. Be men of Courage; but don’t stand alone. Stand with us as brothers. Be a Knight!
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 or visit Save the Baby.
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.
The song Courageous is by Casting Crowns.
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