WHO ARE THE 4TH DEGREE?
They are the Knights on Main Street, the men you probably envision when someone says Knights of Columbus to you. They’re present in their UNIFORM at civic and Church events, acting as honor guards and color corps, or standing in respect at the funerals of members or during adoration of the Eucharist. But there is more to being a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus than a uniform. They are the men who have chosen to embrace the Order’s fourth principle of patriotism, the men who lead the efforts to reach out to veterans and active military and to embody the fact that one can be a faithful Catholic and also be a faithful citizen.When the Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882, three principles united its members: charity, unity and fraternity. At that time people feared that members of the Catholic faith owed their entire allegiance to the Church and could not be trusted as citizens of their country. Patriotism was added to the Order’s principles in 1900, based on the idea that Knights are loyal to both God and country. Members who wish to live out patriotism together can join “the Fourth Degree.” Members of this degree have the special honor of holding the title “Sir Knight,” participating in color and honor guards and organizing programs that promote Catholic citizenship.
From Supreme Website-Andrew Butler
TIME TO WAKE UP!!! WE ARE ALL PILGRIMS LOOKING FOR THE SAME...
The Second Vatican Council reminds us that we are a pilgrim people, laboring
to reach the heavenly homeland which Christ promises us. To be a Christian,
then, is to be a pilgrim. We are called constantly to recognize that we are not at
home, that the goal of our heart lies elsewhere.
We are a pilgrim from the time we are born until we die. We are on a journey to
God. We came from him and are to return to him. As such we are to grow in
intimacy with the Lord, so that by the time of our death our intimacy is
complete. But our journey is not to be alone. Not only do we journey with
others, but we are to bring others with us on this journey. Our journey includes
manifesting to others the Lord who loves us beyond measure. When we come to
the Lord in judgement, he will be asking us whom did we bring with us to him.
& quote ;Like the Apostles we are on a journey seeking to deepen our relationship with
the Lord. It is a journey in the knowledge of the Lord, in intimacy with the Lord:
in familiarity with the Lord....This Christian familiarity with the Lord, is always
communal. Yes, it is intimate, it is personal, but in community. A familiarity
without community, a familiarity without bread, a familiarity without the
Church, without the people, without the sacraments is dangerous. It can become
a "gnostic" familiarity - so to say, a familiarity for me alone, detached from the
People of God.” (Pope Francis)
Fr. Sibi Kunninu, MS
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