Worthy Bother Knights,
As I write this, I have just left an initiation ceremony. Today at Mass, the second reading was from the Letter of Saint James and it focused on the discussion of Faith alone or Faith through works. The bible passage stated that Faith should be demonstrated by works. We as Knights are expected to do that in our Charity.
As I continue with my discussion on leadership, this month we will discuss communication. Communication comes in many forms, spoken word, body language, expression, text and touch. We need to become excellent communicators to be leaders.
I have always made it a motto to remember that God, in his wisdom, gave us two eyes to see, two ears to hear, two hands to touch and only one mouth to speak. Too often we consider our thoughts to be the most important and use our one mouth to send the message. We need to see the body language and hear the words of those we communicate with. This is more important so that we can properly respond to the message. Remember to listen not to respond but to understand. Sometimes the other person may not need our solution.
Let’s keep up the work that we do as Knights through our Charity. Remember that we provided two trips to Louisiana in September in response to the Hurricane Ida. These trips are funded through Charity Fund Inc. the State Council charitable 501 (c)(3) entity. Please consider both of the following options which keep that fund alive. First purchase a Knights of Columbus license plate. It helps to show that you are a Knight and provides a small donation to the Fund. Secondly as a Council provide a larger donation to Charity Fund, Inc. This will help us to provide disaster relief and to help our Brothers in need.
Lastly to accomplish our works of Charity, we need members to provide the funds and the labor. Invite someone new to become a member. Online membership is an easy way to get someone started. A quick initiation ceremony and then transfer from online to Council and you have a new member of your Council. But most importantly engage your members. Make sure that you listen to what they want to do for charity and then implement those ideas. An active member stays active.
Gentlemen as we wrap up this first quarter, please do your best to recruit. Many Hands make like work and also give us that support we need as our Church leaders.
Keep up your good works of charity and lead your community closer to God.