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Knights of Columbus

State of Hawaii

Brothers,


As we enter into the Lenten Season let us reflect on our mission of service to one another, not with a focus of what will it do for me and my position in society but what we can do to lift up our brothers and sisters to help them reach the eternal prize of living in the next life with our Father in Heaven.

Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving are essential throughout the year but even more during this time of Lent. Let us renew our efforts to pray for each other, fast to atone for our sins and remember those who experience hunger on a daily basis and in almsgiving renew our focus on charity and helping those who are less fortunate.

I have attached a link to Fathers for Good “Toward a Better Lent” to help on our Lenten journey.

http://www.fathersforgood.org/ffg/en/big_four/toward-a-better-lent.html

As we reach the beginning of March let us renew our efforts to build up our order and help our brothers grow in their Catholic faith and in doing so increase the works of charity that we are known for providing in our communities. Seeing what our councils are doing to make a
difference has been a heart-warming experience and our potential to do more is seen by our Bishop and priests.

Let us please reflect on the following:

The Apostle wrote that "there is no more Gentile and Jew, no more circumcised and
uncircumcised; no one is barbarian or Scythian, no one is a slave or a free man; there is nothing but Christ in any of us." Those words are as valid today as they were then. Before the Lord there is no difference of nation, race, class, state ... Each one of us has been born in Christ to be a new creature, a son of God. We are all brothers, and we have to behave fraternally towards one another.

To meet the hunger for peace we have to repeat what St Paul said: Christ is our peace.. The desire for truth should remind us that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Those who aspire to unity should be shown Christ who prays that we will all be made perfectly one. Hunger for justice should lead us to the original source of harmony among mankind: the fact that we are, and know ourselves to be, sons of the Father, brothers.

Peace, truth, unity, justice. How difficult it often seems to eliminate the barriers to human harmony! And yet we Christians are called to bring about that miracle of brotherhood. We must work so that everyone with God's grace can live in a Christian way, "bearing one another's burdens," keeping the commandment of love which is the bond of perfection and the essence of the law. (Christ is passing by, 157)

Vivat Jesus

Ted Rhoades
State Deputy

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