Charity is patient, charity is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Charity does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Cor 13:4-7).
Happy and Blessed New Year! Hard to believe another year has come and gone and, with God’s grace, we’ve entered another. Many of us begin the New Year by reflecting on the old year and resolving to do things a bit differently. We resolve to lose a few extra pounds, to quit smoking, to be more patient, to exercise more; to pray more. For many of us our New Year’s resolutions quickly fade away; overcome by the stresses of our day-to-day lives, particularly job and family commitments.
This year, as for the last few, I resolve to be a better Knight of Columbus. It dawned on me that by committing to being a better Knight; by committing myself better to the principles of our Order; Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism (especially Charity) that I will be a better Catholic, a better husband, a better father, a better leader and a better citizen. Through Father McGivney’s vision and foresight, we have before us each and every day, month and year the roadmap to becoming the best “we” we can be.
By dedicating ourselves to the principles of our Order, especially the principle of charity as outlined in St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we will be more patient and kind, less jealous, boastful, and angry; we’ll think less evil and be more loving, hopeful and perseverant. It is Father McGivney’s hope and prayer for each of us individually, and all of us collectively, to live more fully our Order’s principles which is the legacy he left us.
As we enter the second half of the fraternal year, I ask every fraternal leader to resolve to grow our councils, districts, state and order. Start with a review your programs for the second half of the year. If your programs are on track, great. If not, take a chance on implementing a new program or two. Take a look at the Supreme Council’s Building the Domestic Church programs and implement one or more of them to help your parishes and communities. These programs are proven to drive council growth and engagement because they are focused on faith-based and family oriented programs, they engage younger men and their families and build family friendly councils.
I’m asking all fraternal leaders to resolve to increase our recruitment outreach efforts. Our order makes an incredible difference in the lives of those negatively impacted in a world beset by both manmade and natural disasters. Where there is tragedy or need the Knights of Columbus is among the first organizations on scene with manpower and other resources needed to help those most in need. I’ve read article after article where young men are craving and seeking male friendships, joining fraternities and enduring excessive hazing with tragic outcomes. Our order offers such friendships with charity and unity lived out in fraternity without hazing and without tragic consequences. We offer love lived through faith. Our message is simple, “In an increasingly fractured and divisive world with a high level of social unrest, the Knights of Columbus offers men a spiritual ‘center’ with tools and programs for helping them grow in their faith and fellowship and helping them be better men, better Catholics, better husbands and fathers.” Who would not want to be part of our order, and who among us would deny a Catholic man the opportunity to serve with us? I ask every Knight to invite a catholic man and his family to join us each month.
Cindy and I pray that God will continue to bestow upon you and your families His greatest blessings in the New Year.
Your Most Humble Servant in Christ,
Jay J. Doherty
Colorado State Deputy