This Week on Knight Life
Dallas Fraternity: a training meeting and so much more
A supreme officer reflects on his involvement with the Knights; a state officer elect’s understanding of fraternity is confirmed; Brothers and fathers working together respectfully, faithfully – to make a difference. Wow is this a great way to live – and to live it with enthusiasm – why not? And that enthusiasm carries over into giving back.
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 finish this fraternal year strong – with Courage for our brother Knights, for their families, for life.
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Overview of the Podcast
I had the privilege to travel to Dallas this June to attend a KofC meeting put on by our Supreme office. Key State officers and Directors from across the United States and Canada were on hand to receive orientation and training. While there I met so new friends and reestablished acquaintances with brother Knights I don’t get to see very often.
Our own Bob Douglas Iowa State Advocate elect was there learning the ins and outs of his new office. Bob is originally from Mason City and saw the Knights in action there as a young man watching his father balance business, family and the Knights as a vehicle to give back. Currently he is at Sacred Heart West Des Moines one of the state’s most active and vigorous councils. I caught him right after Saturday evening mass and got his reflections of the day and of Knights as good examples.
I found Bob’s singling out teaching & leading by example to be a key value Knights hold and one which is vital for fathers in every age.
Charlie Mauer, Jr from Indiana is the Supreme Secretary. His father was a Knight as was his father before him, Charlie himself has been a knight for many years, and all 4 of his sons are Knights. I asked Charlie about what the Knights have meant for him through his many years as a member.
I think Bob and Charlie share a desire to be out there working in the community to help others – a virtue held by all Knights: placing family first but also reaching out in charity to the rest of their parish and community to give back in many ways.
Paul Martin is the Iowa Grand Knight of the Year for 2014-2015. We’ve heard from Paul before on his leadership styles. I was visiting with Paul about the Knights and he gave me some words of encouragement and shared how enthusiasm is the key to salesman ship.
Paul is a great salesman and we can all take a cue from his talk. As Knights we have so very much about which to be enthusiastic. We have a good product and I believe one that can benefit many families through the husband and father’s involvement.
I am excited about our ultra sound initiative that is underway and enthusiastically tell others being in the Knights of Columbus is about saving lives. Who wouldn’t want to help save a life? And together working in a united cause we will surely succeed more than working alone.
One man whose life has been changed by the Knights is Otto Heck. I met a Otto a Knight from Washington DC while I was in Dallas for training meetings. He has been a Knight for 25 years but his start in the Knights might be rather surprising.
Like I said earlier – being in the Knights is about saving lives and changing lives. Both seem to fit Otto’s own life story. That confessor priest has certainly launched Otto down a path toward increasing leadership in the Knights.
This week’s Knights to Christ reflection addresses the theme of Patriotism using the Fortnight for Freedom as a key focus. Steve recalls that our forefathers built a nation on Godly principles. Principles that seemed to be twisted to reflect other priorities when this past week the Iowa Supreme court disappointed many in the pro-life movement by ruling in favor of allowing tele-med abortions to continue.
Get involved with prayer and reflection during this fortnight for freedom. Our country was founded by thoughtful religious persons willing to take a risk. It is up to us their heirs to likewise be courageous and will informed – and just maybe speak out for truth.
For more information on the Knights of Columbus visit our website www.iowakofc.org or you can also follow Iowa Knights on Facebook or on Twitter. For more information on the Knights of Columbus Fatherhood initiative visit www.fathersforgood.org
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 courageously Go Make A Difference in the World by your words and by your deeds.
Want to help tell the story of the Knights from your council? Then send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking for more brother Knights to expand our point of view on the Knight Life.
Knight Life is a production of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
The song Courageous is by Casting Crowns
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