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Good of the Order - Virtues and Values Leadership
Joseph L. Gubasta, Ph.D.
Good of the Order Presentation, Cincinnati Chapter Knights of Columbus
(May 3, 2012)
As brother Knights we face many challenges and opportunities the most important of which is saving souls, beginning with our own.
We are a fraternal organization called to do good works (charity), promote unity, and work together to serve and support of our church and country (fraternity and patriotism).
During our lifetime we’ve seen and been affected by the ever increasing advance of secularization and anti-catholic sentiment among many people especially people in leadership positions and those in the public eye.
Unfortunately, many people in these leadership positions exercise their power and authority outside the framework of Christian virtues and values. As a consequence we’ve witnessed in our lifetime decay and moral decline throughout our nation in all aspects of our society. At present, and from a human perspective, it appears this downward trend will continue unless we as individuals and collectively as catholic Christians and Knights do our part.
Furthering the Kingdom
How can we do this? First, let’s keep in mind who we are and who we are serving. The ways we live our lives and fulfill our roles in the “Order” need to reflect the reality that we are in a spiritual (not economic, political, or class, etc.) war. Our heritage and destiny are linked to Jesus Christ and it’s from Jesus and the Holy Spirit that we draw our courage and strength.
In addition, to be victorious in the spiritual battles facing us we also need to be obedient to the king of the universe, not slaves to our own passions or subjects of the leaders who are instruments of the prince of this world. To be victorious in the war against evil we need to be virtuous and value centered role models.
Brothers, we are all gifted by our creator in ways we often don’t recognize or appreciate. This observation applies to our self awareness and recognition of our brother Knights. As Catholic Knights of Columbus we have the opportunity and responsibility to act in faith when striving to carry out our mandate to be charitable, promote unity, work fraternally, and defend the Church and what it stands for.
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