This Week on Knight Life
College Knights as Rocks & Light
We find ourselves in the month of May. High school and college seniors around Des Moines are graduating and moving on to new callings in their lives. In this half hour, I sit down with Josh Tatz. Josh is the current Grand Knight of the St. Catherine of Siena council, connected with Drake’s campus. He’ll share his thoughts on his time as a college knight and his future plans with our order. Also in this segment, our own Ken Root visits the Grotto of the Redemption near West Bend.
I’m James Maertens. We’re back with you for this week’s half hour of information, inspiration, and invitation around the activities of the Iowa Knights of Columbus. This is Knight Life. Our mission is to go make a difference for our brother Knights, their families, and for life.
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Overview of the Podcast
The state of Iowa is fortunate enough to contain four college councils. These councils encourage the importance of joining our order at an early age and provide a unique outlet to serve our communities. Unlike other councils, mid-May is a somewhat tumultuous time for college councils, as seniors prepare to leave the council to embark on life after their period of studies. Josh Tatz, the current Grand Knight of the St. Catherine of Siena council is one of those individuals. I spoke with Josh about his short time at this college council and his future plans with the Knights.
My conversation with Josh was extremely insightful, and offered plenty of things to remember in our lifelong quest for holiness. I especially enjoyed his metaphoric description of our order, as rocks and lights for the world. We as Knights of Columbus are rocks on which parish communities can stand. We are there to support our parishes and the families of those brother knights. We are also lights, beacons guiding the way to Christ. Our brotherhood sheds light on the importance of life in all stages of development. We shed light on the importance of enhancing the lives of those with mental and intellectual disabilities. Most importantly, we shed the light of Christ to those we meet in our daily lives. My brother Knights, I challenge you to think of the ways that you can further become rocks and lights in our world.
Today we’re discussing events in the month of May. Recently, we celebrated Mother’s Day. There are many ways in which Knights can honor our most blessed mother Mary. One such way is by visiting our nearby Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend Iowa. In this segment, Ken Root talks with Fr. Tom Hart and Andy Milam about the legacy of this special place.
The story of this grotto should be a motivation to increase our devotion to our blessed mother in our council activities. Whenever we take the time out of our busy schedules to be with our earthly mothers, we should also do the same for our spiritual mother. Let us use this month to increase our relationship with our mother, as we draw ever closer to graduating from our earthly studies and commencing our eternal joy with Christ.
This is Knight Life. Our mission is to go make a difference. We are a family friendly fraternity. Our principles are Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. We place God first, and then act to serve others. If you feel prompted to give something back and hope to become more of the Catholic man you were hoping to be, join us as we make a difference serving our Church, our communities, and our families. For more information, visit our Facebook page or our website, www.iowakofc.org. I’m James Maertens. Thank you for listening. Feeling inspired? Then go make a difference in the world by your word and by your deeds. Knight Life is a production of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
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