My dear Brother Knights,
Two years ago, at the Supreme Convention, our Past Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke eloquently in his address about our esteem for Christopher Columbus. Please read his comments at www.kofc.org/en/resources/convention/2020/annual-report-of-the-supreme-knight.pdf. This month, Knights on several continents are recalling the wondrous achievements of our order’s namesake, Christopher Columbus. Captain Columbus’ courage, determination, and faith in God motivated him to set out into the great unknown. While it’s true that after Columbus’s voyages from Europe to the Western Hemisphere other Europeans persecuted the indigenous peoples, one of the byproducts of Columbus’ journeys was that the Gospel of Jesus Christ made its way to the shores of North and South America. We should not be ashamed of the true legacy of Columbus, and not fall for what our Past Supreme Knight referred to as a “radical, one-sided narrative”.
As Knights, we’re not asked to cross the ocean or discover new lands. However, like Columbus, we are asked to be courageous, determined and faithful. Courage and determination are virtues that help us proclaim God’s love in word and deed. We need these virtues in plentiful supply to be good men, good disciples, and good Knights.
Let us join together in promoting our Catholic faith and our order not only by our projects, but more importantly, by our praying and worshipping together as brothers. When we come together before the Lord, expressing our praise and thanksgiving to God, and asking for His mercy for those in need, we show who we are as Knights. When we stand up in courage, determination, and faith as an order, new members will join our ranks and the Gospel will be heard.
Vivat Jesus! Blessed Michael McGivney, pray for us!