You’ve Chosen Wisely
You chose to enter fully into the Knighthood, having learned all the lessons of the degrees, gaining a greater understanding of our Catholic faith, a greater respect for our priests, and a realization that we share common values and traditions. We are strengthened by our Brotherhood as we face challenges and opportunities together. We often say we are better Catholics, better men, better husbands and fathers because we are Brother Knights. What does this mean?
First of all, to be a Knight, we have to be a practical Catholic. What exactly does that mean? you may ask. Well at its most basic, a practical Catholic accepts the teaching au-thority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and mor-als, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church. What are the precepts of the Catholic Church? They are to (1) Attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, (2) Observe the days of abstinence and fasting, (3) Confess our sins to a priest at least once a year, (4) Receive Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist at least once a year during the Easter Season, (5) Contribute to the support of the Church, (6) Obey the laws of the Church concerning Matrimony, and (7) Participate in the Churchs mission of the Evangelization of Souls.
One through six are probably pretty easy ones for most of us to keep. Number seven can be tougher, but we have the benefit of being Brother Knights. As a Brother Knight, we participate in many programs that epitomize the missionary spirit of the Church. We may not realize it at the time it is happening, but every time we help others, greet others, and serve others, we are evangelizing. We are sharing our faith through our actions. We become better Catholics through the things we do as Brother Knights, and opportunities for service as Brother Knights make us better Catholics.
In addition, we are fulfilled through our volunteering and our fraternity. This makes us feel better about ourselves, and this joy spills out into the rest of our life, making us better husbands, better fathers, better men. We become a visible representation of what it is to be a Catholic man and a Knight of Columbus. I encourage you to share this joy with other Catholic men and invite them to join the Knights of Columbus and be-come even better Catholics, better men, better husbands, and better fathers as we all continue to Let our Actions Evangelize” while doing God's Work Here on Earth”!
Advent and Christmas blessings
from me and my family to yours.