My Dear Brother Knights,
When I was in seminary, we had several courses in Church history from the ancient to the modern, from the Middle East to right here in the US. One of the things that was interesting was how throughout the Church’s history, remaining faithful has been an important issue. Many of the saints we’ve heard of, people like St. Stephen the Deacon, St. Joan of Arc, and the North American Martyrs remained faithful even to the shedding of their blood. On the other hand, the Church has often struggled with what to do about those who apostatized, those who, when challenged in their faith, denied it.
This month, our Supreme Chaplain, Archbishop William Lori (Baltimore), is asking us as Christian men, as fathers and brothers and sons, and as Knights of Columbus to not only embrace and stand up for our faith, but to act in such a way as to help the faith of others. He is asking us to be, as he put it, “a ‘rock’ of the Catholic faith in our domestic churches, parishes, and communities”. In a particular way, our Supreme Chaplain is challenging us to pray Our Lady’s Rosary so that we all stay strong in our faith.
We’ve all experienced times when being faithful has been easy. I presume that, like me, there have been times when it’s also been challenging. The good news for us is that our loving God is never loses faith in us. And, moreover, He always promises to give us what we need.
Besides our insurance benefits, our helping disaster victims, our aid to expectant mothers and troubled young people, our true greatest gift we have to share is our faith in Christ Jesus. In our first degree, many of us promised to carry and pray Our Lady’s Rosary. Let’s all recommit ourselves to it’s daily recitation for God’s glory, Our Lady’s honor, and the faith of our sisters and brothers in Christ.
May God help us be the best men, Catholics, and Knights that we can be as individuals and as an order. Through the Intercession of Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth, and of the Venerable Father Michael McGivney, may God bless and keep you and your families.