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Every January, millions of people begin their year with New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, getting organized, exercising more, eating healthier, and managing finances better are some of the most common resolutions. But what about making spiritual New Year’s resolutions?We make commitments and tell our friends and family on January 1st, only to give it all up by January 3rd. But as humans, our struggle for consistency goes way beyond resolutions. Making commitments we can’t keep runs all through society, back to Biblical times. In the Bible, James spoke of some people who can teach us a valuable lesson about great intentions that aren’t aligned with God’s will:
Listen carefully, those of you who make your plans and say, “We are traveling to this city in the next few days. We’ll stay there for one year while our business explodes and revenue is up.” The reality is you have no idea where your life will take you tomorrow. You are like a mist that appears one moment and then vanishes another. It would be best to say, “If it is the Lord’s will and we live long enough, we hope to do this project or pursue that dream.” But your current speech indicates an arrogance that does not acknowledge the One
who controls the universe, and this kind of big talking is the epitome of evil. So if you know the right way to live and ignore it, it is sin—plain and simple. — James 4:13-17 (The Voice)
Our plans may or may not be God’s plans. If we want to be successful with any New Year’s resolution, we must seek God’s will. By his strength we might lose weight, eat better, or become better stewards of our finances. What does God want for our lives? When he convicts, he also equips us to follow through with the plan. When we know we are following God’s plan, then we have more strength to stick to it, allowing him to
work well beyond our normal January 3rd quitting date.
For this reason, my brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the return of the Lord. Look! The farmer knows how to wait patiently for the land to produce vegetables and fruits. He cannot harvest a freshly plantedseed. Instead, he waits for the early and the late showers to nourish the soil. You need this same kind ofpatience, so in the meantime, strengthen your resolve because the Lord will be coming soon. — James 5:7-8 (The Voice)
Knights Hold Food Drive
It was brought to Council’s attention that St. Vincent de Paul needed certain items for their food bank. That’s all our Council Knights needed to know. Immediately we started planning on holding a food drive. First, we obtained a list of what St. Vincent needed most. Then we picked a date (July 24th) when no other activity was planned. The food drive was announced at each mass on Sunday before the 24th of what was needed most. Everything was set for the 24th. It would be a drive-by food donation and would be from 10 AM to 12 Noon.
The day of the Food Drive. Eight Knights were there to assist donors in unloading food from cars. As the morning moved on. We were hoping to collect at least 500 pounds of food and the items that St. Vincent needed most.
The wonderful charity of people from our parish and our Brother Knights was beyond our expectations. We collected 1011 pounds of food and $425 dollars in donations.
Most of the items collected were exactly what St. Vincent needed the most.
It shows that charity and love of our neighbors is still strong. Thank you and God Bless all who donated and God bless our Brother Knights.
MIRACLE APPROVED! FATHER MCGIVNEY TO BE BEATIFIED!
Priest launched international lay movement, died in 19th century pandemic
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ROME – The Vatican today (May 27) announced that Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, a Connecticut priest who served his flock during the pandemic of 1890, before himself becoming ill and dying of pneumonia.
The pope’s action means that Father McGivney can be declared “Blessed,” the step just prior to sainthood. An additional miracle attributed to Father McGivney’s intercession will be required for his canonization as a saint.
McGivney is best known for founding the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Nearly a century before the Second Vatican Council, his prescient vision empowered the laity to serve Church and neighbor in a new way. Today, the Knights of Columbus is one of the largest Catholic organizations in the world with 2 million members in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.
The miracle recognized as coming through Father McGivney’s intercession involved an unborn child in the United States who in 2015 was healed in utero of a life-threatening condition after prayers by his family to Father McGivney.