This Week on Knight Life
This week on Knight Life….Fathers are …. Called by God, A work in progress; ordinary men, and are also responsible for extraordinary outcomes. Happy Father’s Day
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 – Fathers
This week I wish Dad’s out there a Happy Father’s Day. As fathers we are family focused and so we join with Deacon Ray Rosburg in a prayer for families.
This week I borrow liberally from Joseph McInerney in a reflection on Fathers as men with a mission, the three fold mission of Jesus Christ as priest prophet and King.
I quote: “The mission of the modern-day father, like that of Christ, is the salvation of souls. The difference between them is the fact that Christ’s mission is universal, concerned with the salvation of all mankind. The father’s mission is concerned primarily with the salvation of his own family. Despite the difference in scope, the father has the same methods at his disposal to achieve this mission of salvation.
Through his share in Christ’s grace in the sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony, a father shares the grace of Christ’s death and resurrection with his children. He is also a priest in the sense that he brings his children to the sacraments, giving them a direct share in the grace of Christ. This is a direct correlation with the ongoing theme to “Build up the Domestic Church”
The father is a prophet – the bearer of God’s message – to his children by fulfilling his obligation to teach them the Catholic faith. It is a courageous man who will continue to speak the truth lovingly so that his children come to understand and not become discouraged.
Lastly, a father performs Christ’s kingly function as the spiritual head of his family. This headship is always exercised in a Christian manner, rather than a worldly manner. A father’s obligation to lead his family in holiness is not a call to domination, but to service.
Fatherhood is the mission that allows a man to give of himself unreservedly. Thus, it is through fatherhood that most men will find their greatest happiness. To avoid fatherhood for the sake of that dream car, or that special summer home, is to cheat yourself out of one of life’s most rewarding experiences. By calling men to make a gift of themselves to others, God calls fathers to a life of remarkable holiness, indescribable happiness, and true fulfillment.
Joseph McInerney, a graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, lives in Springfield, Va., with his wife and five children. He is also a member of Springfield Council 6153. The full text of his article can be found on Father’s For Good – a website by the Knights of Columbus devoted to strengthening the vocation of fatherhood.
I encourage any dad: seasoned, new, a dad to be, or a single guy wanting to know more about fatherhood to visit www.fathersforgood.org
A young dad I admire for his devotion to Family is our state warden Paul lee. Last year I asked Paul to share some of his reflections on fatherhood with us.
This is Mike Gaspers for the Knight Life. We have been talking about fatherhood with Paul Lee and reflecting on the parallels of a fathers’ mission with those of Christ. I encourage you to listen again to this week’s episode and those previously aired as easy to play podcasts at http://iowaknightlife.org/. You can share the podcast link on Facebook or email it to your friends. Be inspired by the story of Iowa Knights as you listen online.
Another Dad I’ve known for some time is Don Breuker a brother Knight of the Milford council. Don and I spoke recently at a fourth degree event about his life as a Knight and the impact it had in his life.
Sometimes it takes time for our efforts to bear fruit. Don’s experience in the Knights and the impact the Knights have had in his life seem to be well established. I’m happy that Don continues to evaluate and adjust so the experience of better fathers and better husbands is realized for more men.
Our roving reported Orlando Gil of Harlan reappears to talk with Knights attending our recent convention in Des Moines.
Thank you brother Orlando. We are all on a journey to be Better Husbands and Better Fathers. I really appreciate those brother Knights who inspire me to continue moving forward toward this worthy goal. It is good to be a part of this band of brothers the Knights of Columbus.
This is Mike Gaspers and you are listening to the Knight Life show where each week we strive to tell the story of the Iowa Knights from an insider’s point of view. This week we’ve shared some aspects of fatherhood. Steve Hesprich brings Father’s Day into focus as he reflects on what Fathers are called to do for their families.
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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!
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