Enthusiasm and Joy
I would like to share a little story with you as we continue to embrace the Christmas season. The story begins as a little boy returns from Sunday school with a new perspective on the Christmas story. He had learned all about the Wise Men from the East who brought gifts to the Baby Jesus. He was so excited he just had to tell his parents, I learned in Sunday school today all about the very first Christmas! There wasn't a Santa Claus way back then, so these three skinny guys on camels had to deliver all the toys!
My wish for you this year, is that you will experience and share enthusiasm and joy, just like the little boy in the story, when you give your gifts of time, talent, and treasure.
The little boy in the story had one more tidbit to share with his parents. He continued, And Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with his nose so bright wasn't there yet, so they had to have this big spotlight in the sky to find their way around.
Our spotlight is the Holy Spirit. We are taught that each man, woman, and child is called to holiness through proclaiming the Gospel and communicating the divine gift of love in the activities of their daily life.
Pope Francis said, How marvelous would it be if, at the end of the day, each of could say: Today I have performed an act of charity toward others. As Brother Knights, along with our families, we have the opportunity to give the gifts of service and charity to others each day. Last year, the Knights of Columbus donated $175 million to charitable causes and performed over 73 million hours of volunteer service. I hope we continue to increase these numbers each year as we grow the Order and give more of ourselves as we strengthen and enliven our parishes and communities, as we continue to evangelize through our actions. The Domestic Church initiative is an important part of our evangelization as Knights of Columbus. It is an excellent tool to use to strengthen our parishes, our councils, and our families. The Into the Breach program is another great way to invigorate your council and your parish. All councils should have received copies of these booklets from their DD.
Our families are an integral part of this evangelization. The family is where our children and grandchildren first learn the love of God and the value of charity and service. Strengthening our families, strengthens our Church and our communities. Continue to involve your families in all that you do and rekindle and nurture the joy and wonder we feel this time of year. God bless you all.
As always, my fellow State Officers and I are here to help.
You need only ask. Vivat Jesus!