This Week on Knight Life – Veterans
This week on Knight Life ….its personal – a big thank you to our veterans, a fond farewell to brother Knights and a reminder we are Knights to make a difference.
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
A well-known and recognizable band of brothers are those who have or are serving in our country’s armed forces. This Veteran’s Day we salute all those who willingly serve the greater good. You have our gratitude – thank you for your service
We return to a Ken Root interview with his Excellency Timothy Broglio, archbishop of the Military from 2013 to discuss an often overlooked need of our military men and women.
There are challenges to providing for the spiritual needs of the men and women on active duty. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus makes this their special focus. Several times in the last number of years we have printed special prayer books for deployed service men and women. Recently the Knights of Columbus established a new scholarship program to help fund the education of seminarians preparing to become Catholic chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces. The 4th degree led the way in fundraising.
In 2014 the Knights announce a partnership with Gary Sinise (Lt Dan from Forest Gump). Sinise’s foundation seeks to assist wounded military personnel. There is much need and the Knights of Columbus has pledged to be there to assist our veterans. We are proud of them, appreciative of their sacrifice and ask God to bless them abundantly.
November is a time when our Church reflects on the last things: death, judgment, heaven, hell, and purgatory. These might be dark or anxious reflections but they need not be. We believe a life spent in service to and worship of God will be rewarded. We’ve been promised an eternity with Him who created us to know and love and serve him in this world.
As Knights we remember our deceased brother Knights and offer prayers on their behalf. Many councils will hold a memorial mass or service to commemorate our beloved deceased.
One brother who recently entered into his eternal reward was one of the oldest Knights in Iowa and a friend of mine. Wayne G. Seuntjens entered into eternal life on November 5th 2015.
He spent a life time farming, raising livestock and running an auction business (see & hear Wayne auction water at a school fundraiser). This was preceded by nearly 4 years serving his country in the Army Air Corps during World War 2. Wayne was 74 years a Knight and died at 96 years of age.
Wayne loved the Knights and considered it both a duty and a privilege to assist with Knights projects. He encouraged all those in his family to become Knights.
I spoke with Wayne back in 2011 about his involvement with the Knights.
At Wayne’s wake this week I prayed the Knights of Columbus Rosary of Christian Hope which begins with a reminder:
It is good to be reminded that the bonds which we formed as brother Knights are not broken but remain firm if we but care for them. It is our hope that one day we too will find our reward surrounded by brothers praying the rosary of Mary on our behalf. Click here to get a copy of the Iowa Knights Rosary of Christian Hope.
May Wayne rest in Peace. May all brother Knights rest in the peace of Christ. May we who remain persevere in helping our brothers thru continued prayers.
This desire to encourage our loved ones and friends to become Knights is a hallmark of many active Knights. Our Deputy Supreme Knight Logan Ludwig spoke at our recent supreme convention on the importance of the council experience
Right after I caught up with Brother Ludwig for more thoughts on making councils welcoming places and also touched on his personal experience in the Knights.
The experience of a man’s membership in the Knights– is the local council. It is in the council where we experience the charity, unity and fraternity. It is in the council where we learn what it is to be a Knight.
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Steve Hesprich is back with a Knights to Christ reflection focused on the importance of truth and of loving what is right.
Serving the truth faithfully during our lifetime will I believe be considered when our time of judgement is at hand.
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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 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.
Knight Life is a production of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
Music clips are from the song Courageous by Casting Crowns.