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  • CHAPLAIN’S report s e P t e m b e r 2 0 1 1 � v o l u m e 4 � n u m b e r 9 � w w w . k o f C . o r g / C h a P l a i n s

    KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS In Service to One. In Service to Al l .

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    Visit www.kofc.org/chaplains to sign up to receive future issues of this newsletter via e-mail. Previous issues are also archived at this site.

    A t the conclusion of our study of theCompendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, let us examine again the purpose of this project. Simply put, the series aimed to help Knights of Columbus and their families grow in understanding of the faith and to engage in the new evangelization. After all, a genuine understanding of the Church’s faith enables us to read Scripture with greater insight and to share more deeply in the Mass and the sacraments. It helps us live according to the Gospel and guides us in the ways of prayer.

    By knowing, loving and living the faith, we are better prepared to invite others to return home to Christ and the Church and are better able to attract those searching for the fullness of truth. We thereby impact individual lives and build up the Church as the Body of Christ, transforming our culture from within.

    Yet, all these goals will elude us unless we step back to look at the faith, not just in its component parts, but as a whole.

    Bishop William E. Lori Supreme Chaplain

    THIS MONTH’S TOPIC: (Based on the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church)



    SEE CateChism, PAGE 2

    New Marian Prayer Program Opens

    A new Knights of Columbus MarianPrayer Program dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe was launched Aug. 3 at the Supreme Convention in Denver. The prayer program will continue through next year, when the second International Guadalupe Festival will be held in the Los Angeles Coliseum a few days before the 2012 Supreme Convention.

    At the end of the Wednesday morning Mass, state deputies from each of the Order’s 72 jurisdictions received specially prepared framed images of Our Lady of Guadalupe for use in the prayer program. The images

    have unique features: they were touched to the original tilma of St. Juan Diego, which bears the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and were blessed by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. In addition, each image is sealed with soil from Mexico’s Tepeyac hill, where the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared.

    Hundreds of similar images of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be sent from the Supreme Council to each jurisdiction for the Marian Prayer Program.

    Local councils will sponsor prayer services in parish churches and other locations before sending the image to neighboring councils. At the end of the program, most of the Order’s 14,000 councils will have received and prayed with theGuadalupe images.

    ‘Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!’

    The ‘four pillars’ of faith presented in the Catechism are interconnected parts of a whole


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  • THE MYSTERY OF FAITH If our faith was simply a long checklist of unrelated items to be believed and acted upon, then it would be burdensome. As it is, far too many people see the faith in this way. But by presenting the “four pillars” of the faith, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium show us how all aspects of the Church’s faith are interrelated in truth and beauty.

    What we believe (the Profession of the Christian Faith) gives rise to how we worship as a Church (the Celebration of the Christian Mystery), and to how we live (Life in Christ) and pray (Christian Prayer).

    Far more than an onerous checklist, Christianity is a way of life. It sheds the light and beauty of God’s truth on why we were cre- ated, who we are, how we should live and what our ultimate destiny is. As the Second Vatican Council said so profoundly, “In reality, it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear” (Gaudium et Spes, 22).

    To clarify this point, I would like to borrow an idea from the title of a book by the late Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar: Truth is Symphonic. The Church’s faith might be compared with a beautiful symphony. Often, each movement of a symphony has a leit- motif, a fundamental musical theme that recurs with variations. Sometimes the theme is played softly, sometimes dramatically, sometimes jarringly, but the ears of an attentive and informed listener can pick up the theme, absorb it, participate in it, and come away with a unified sense of the genius of the composer and his composition.

    The fundamental theme, or leitmotif, of the Church’s faith is what St. Paul refers to as “the mystery” — the plan of creation and redemption that the Triune God, shrouded in glory, set into motion. God is love, and he created the world so that human beings, created in his image and likeness, could enter into a communion of love with him. However, after we had estranged ourselves from him and from one another through sin, God revealed himself to the chosen people. From

    this people, he chose Mary, who became the earthly mother of God’s divine Son.

    GOD’S PLAN AND OUR RESPONSE By his preaching and miracles, and ultimately by giving his life for us and in rising triumphant from the dead, Jesus revealed that the Father’s

    love, for which we were created, is stronger than sin and death. Jesus established the Church so that, in the power of the Holy Spirit, we could share in his redeeming love until the end of time.

    This mystery is God’s masterpiece in which the great themes of creation and redemption sound in harmony. Here the love of an eternal God and the meaning of human history are given voice. As this mystery unfolds in human history, it is full of drama and diversity, and rife with the discordant notes of human infidelity. But the love of God always prevails.

    By catching sight of God’s plan of creation and redemption, we also see how Scripture and sacred tradition speak in human terms with one divine voice; we see the unity of the Scripture itself; and we grasp how both faith and reason lift up the human spirit. So, too, we perceive how our worship in the Mass and the sacraments is like a counterpoint, a graced response to the gift of God’s love.

    In the same way, Christian morality is not merely a jumble of rules like random notes on a

    musical score, but is rather the coherent way in which the theme of Christ’s goodness and love is to resonate in our intentions, decisions and actions. Finally, in Christian prayer, we are given the grace to re- spond, intimately and personally, to Christ’s love echoing in the depths of our being.

    The faith of the Church is indeed unified, true, beautiful, good and life-giving. Let us, the Knights of Columbus, stand united in love in proclaiming and living the faith for the glory of God, for the salvation of our souls and for the good of the Church and the world.

    M E M B E R S H I P I N T H E K N I G H T S O F C O LUM B U S is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of

    faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

    CateChism, FROM PAGE 1

    This is the 40th and final installment of Supreme Chaplain Bishop William E.

    Lori’s faith formation program on the Compendium of the Catechism of the

    Catholic Church. Archived articles are at kofc.org.



    To Provide Moral and Spiritual Leadership

    W e have just returned from the 129thSupreme Convention in Denver. As always, the few days were packed with profound liturgical celebrations, inspiring homilies and talks, animated meetings, renewing of old friendships, and, yes, some happy times spent together.

    I will reserve comment on our chaplains meeting held at the convention for next month’s edition to allow more space for the ideas covered in that meeting. What I would like to communicate to you this month is the resolution that was adopted and needs to be put into immediate effect at all council meet- ings.

    Herewith the exact wording:


    WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus was founded by an exemplary parish priest, pastor, and spiritual leader, Venerable Servant of God Michael McGivney; and

    WHEREAS , the Knights of Columbus has always stood in solidarity with our Priests and Bishops; and

    WHEREAS , Knights of Columbus Councils have been blessed since the founding of the Order in 1882 to have thousands of priests serve as Council Chaplains, providing moral and spiritual leadership and catechesis to generations of Knights and their families; and

    WHEREAS , members of the Knights of Columbus are mindful that their Council Chaplains have numerous demands upon their time, including liturgical, pastoral, and administrative responsibilities and duties; and

    WHEREAS , even with such numerous demands upon their time, our Council Chaplains often go out of their way to attend council meetings for the purpose of providing

    moral and spiritual guidance and catechetical instruction to the members; and

    WHEREAS , Section 125 of the Laws of the Knights of Columbus establishe

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