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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) For November 24, 2019

Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?

Illustration of Our Lady of Guadalupe by IWKnights' Bryan V. Hewing

In the Knights of Columbus "Chaplain's Report" for December the Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori writes about Two Crucial Points of the Message of Guadalupe. The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is coming up on Dec. 12.  We will deal with Point #1 this week and Point #2 next week.

The following is the first of the crucial points — adapted from a homily given to Knights of Columbus leaders, June 14, 2014 — which can be used to reflect on when sharing the story with Knights.  We will deal with Point #2 next week.

"Point #1: Don’t avoid the hard stuff; Our Lady will not be deterred.  You and I can only imagine how Juan Diego felt when Our Lady appeared to him.  He wasn’t looking for notoriety, quite the contrary.  He was a pious man, on his way to Mass, concerned about his sick uncle.  The last thing he expected was to encounter Our Lady and to become her messenger to the bishop.  Indeed, when his mission became complicated, he tried to evade the Blessed Mother by going around the other side of the hill, but Our Lady intercepted him, gently chided him with the words, “Am I not here who am your Mother?” — “¿No estoy yo aqui que soy tu madre?”  No doubt, you will meet up with many different kinds of obstacles.  Some of your responsibilities will be enjoyable but some will be difficult.  There will be problems that need to be addressed, fraternally yet frankly.  There will be opportunities to grow the Order and advance its mission but with the opportunities there will also be complications.  So, we should pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe to ask for her help in the mission that the Order and your brother Knights have entrusted to you.  She will help us to resist the temptation simply to enjoy our positions in the Order, to go along to get along, to take a victory lap, not addressing the challenges and the opportunities that are before us."

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Links Related to this week’s column:

Two Crucial Points of the Message of Guadalupe
CHAPLAIN’S report KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS -  In service to One. In service to all.
By SUPREME CHAPLAIN ARCHBISHOP WILLIAM LORI (11/2019)
The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Dec. 12.  Here are two crucial points — adapted from a homily given to Knights of Columbus leaders, June 14, 2014 — to reflect on when sharing the story with Knights......
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