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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) For December 29, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

The following is part one of an editorial entitled "Build My Church" which was recently published in the KofC Columbia Magazine.  The author is editor Alton J. Pelowski.

"THE YEAR WAS 1205. Francis was a handsome young man, a son of wealth who seemed to have it all — but worldly riches no longer satisfied him, and he questioned his purpose in life. One day while praying in an abandoned chapel outside of the city of Assisi, he had a mystical experience: The icon of Christ on the crucifix there said to him, “Francis, go and repair my house, which you can see is falling in ruins.”  Renouncing his inheritance, Francis set out to restore the dilapidated San Damiano chapel with his own hands.  In time, however, he came to understand the deeper meaning of Christ’s words.

Pope Francis recounted the famous story of his namesake in an address to young people at the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. He explained: “Slowly but surely, Francis came to realize that it was not a question of repairing a stone building, but about doing his part for the life of the Church.  It was a matter of being at the service of the Church, loving her and working to make the countenance of Christ shine ever more brightly in her.”  St. Francis of Assisi committed himself to a life of poverty and preaching the Gospel, and he soon founded religious orders that grew rapidly.  He became instrumental in the renewal of the faith in the 13th century and had an enduring impact on the Church. He is even credited with creating the first Nativity scene — staged with live actors and animals in a cave in 1223 — to help the faithful contemplate the birth of Christ."

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Links Related to this week’s column:

‘Rebuild My Church’
COLUMBIA MAGAZINE EDITORIAL
By editor Alton J. Pelowski (12/2019)
TTHE YEAR WAS 1205. Francis was a handsome young man, a son of wealth who seemed to have it all — but worldly riches no longer satisfied him, and he questioned his purpose in life. One day while praying in an abandoned chapel outside of the city of Assisi, he had a mystical experience: The icon of Christ on the crucifix there said to him, “Francis,
go and repair my house, which you can see is falling in ruins.”
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