Lent is slowly approaching, and as Catholics we begin to contemplate our tradition of fasting and almsgiving. What we do in the name of Jesus is like a thread that is used to weave a blanket.
The countless threads of the millions of people throughout the world through prayer are what make the fabric of who we are as Catholics. The weave of the fabric takes on many colors as the shape of the cloth becomes one that is recognizable to our Lord. We hope it's a pattern of love, sharing, forgiveness, understanding and generosity for our families and neighbors.
As we read in 1Corinthians 3:16 --Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you.
It is the Spirit of the living God given to us at Baptism that is important to recognize in our daily life of prayer and giving of oneself wholly to God. This is the fiber of our being that helps us forge ahead during the dark days of lent to the Glory of the Resurrection and promise of Jesus for the Redemption of our sins.
Each of us weaves a different cloth, the colors and textures are different yet once put all together it has one form, one color and one purpose. It makes us who we are in God's eyes and how He perceives us as His creation. Therefore, it is important to become one with Christ and in his truth and trust and promise.
The Knights of Columbus founded in 1882 is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization deeply rooted in the truths of our Church. Unity is one of the 4 Core Principles, and it is the unity of our Church imbued with tradition that covers the globe with a blanket of Charity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
The weaving of the good we do as Catholics and our daily lives is the crux of who we are in Christ and are able to be an example to our brothers and sisters, the value of the Catholic faith and traditions which have been passed down through the ages blanketing the world with a rich weave of culture and traditions.
Have a blessed Lenten Season,
Deputy Grand Knight.