My dear brother Knights,
Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen!
The unofficial beginning of summer, Memorial Day weekend, has us thinking about the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the Indy 500. But so much more importantly that our Hoosier extravaganza, is the remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives in defense of the values of freedom, justice, and peace. May God reward them for their willingness to do what is right.
During this holy season we rejoice in the message we have heard throughout this season, “Christ is risen!” This message should indeed fill us with joy as we contemplate the fact that if Christ can conquer even the apparent finality of death, then there is nothing Christ cannot do for those He loves, for us. No matter what sadness, what pain, what frustration, what fear we suffer, Christ can conquer it all if we but turn to Him. Now, that’s cause for joy!
We should also find joy in knowing that we belong to a magnificent order of believers rooted in charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Real charity, the desire to always work for the good of others, is a sign of Christ’s love dwelling in us. Unity, the prayer of the Lord on the night before His death, is our goal in bringing all disciples together. Fraternity, the love that exists between brothers, is the love Christ desires for us. Authentic patriotism is not mere flag waving and “America, love it or leave it”. Authentic patriotism is loving this country enough to always want what is best for her and the people who live in America. Charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism are a tall order, but together, in Christ, we can be a sign of these virtues to our families, parish, and community.
Let us continue our celebration of Easter, with the Church throughout the world, asking God to help us rejoice in the great love He has shown us in raising Jesus from the dead. And may we show our joy in proclaiming with our lives that Christ is risen.
Vivat Jesus! Blessed Michael McGivney, pray for us!