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Bulletin Insert for June 18, 2017

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori
Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori

“On Trinity Sunday both Supreme Knight Carl Anderson … and Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori … asked the state deputies and other attendees to see the mission and principles of the Knights of Columbus reflected in the Trinity during their remarks and the homily`.

In his homily, the supreme chaplain pointed out that ‘… we, the family of the Knights of Columbus, have an advantage on Trinity Sunday. … this Trinity Sunday, our advantage comes to us courtesy of Father McGivney and the wonderful Gospel principles and virtues he left us, namely, charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.  The doctrine of the Trinity helps us to understand the principles of the Order and the principles of the Order help us to grasp more fully the doctrine of the Trinity.’

In looking at the principle of charity, Archbishop Lori quoted Scripture, “God is love and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 Jn. 4:16).  He added that the love at the heart of the Trinity is not a needy or self-seeking love, but a love that is utterly generous, self-giving and passionate.

Speaking of the principle of unity, Archbishop Lori continued, ‘our faith teaches us the truth that there is only One God. There really is only One God in Three Persons. … in revealing the Father’s love on earth, what did Christ pray for? That we be one as he is one with the Father . . . ‘so that the world would believe.’ And what did Christ do? He died on the cross, as Paul says, making peace by the blood of his Cross. Thus we are called in baptism to be ‘one body, one spirit, in Christ.’

He added that unity is grace and a gift, a baptismal call to share God’s inner life and love.  So when Knights strive intentionally to keep their state jurisdictions and councils united in faith, united in charity, and united in growing the Order, they are relying on the intense unity of love that is the Blessed Trinity.

‘I’d be mistaken were I to describe the Trinity as a fraternal organization, three persons that share a common cause and common interests,’ the supreme chaplain said. ‘Yet the source of our fraternity as the family of the Knights of Columbus may be said to derive from the uniqueness of the Three Persons of the Trinity.  To repeat, the Three Persons of the Trinity are real relations: the Father is not Son, nor is the Son the Father, nor is the Holy Spirit either the Father or the Son, yet there is only one God ever to be adored.  Yet, in the Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son share a fellowship so intense and so beautiful, no words can adequately describe it.’

The Knights of Columbus’ fraternity, their care for one another and their families, their common purpose of strengthening one another in the faith, their common determination to serve the needs of one and all, their readiness to come to one another’s aid in time of distress, their respect for one another in all their differences and diversity – this bond of fraternity has its source in the unity of the Three Persons of the Trinity, he said. …’

The entirely of the preceding article is published on the KofC website – you can find the link to the article by clicking here and on Facebook at facebook.com/IWknights9981.

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