October 2017 Meeting

Created in the Image and Likeness of God (Gen. 1, 26-27)

Opening Prayer

Lord, teach us to pray:

“Our Father…”

The Reading

(To be read by the Leader)

“God created humanity in His image and likeness, in His divine image He created him; male and female He created them….God looked at everything He had made, and He found it very good, (Gen. 1, 27, 31)”

Last month we broke the ice on the challenges presented by the protection of freedom of sexual identity presented in Bill C-16 which became law in June 2017. In July 2017 (Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, presented a statement on the passage of Bill C-16. In part the letter stated: “While the CCCB supports Bill C-16’s intention to protect Canadians from harm, some of the principals behind the legislation-even if widely accepted in our society-cannot be endorsed by Catholics. The most serious of these is the claim that gender is separable from biological sexuality and is to be determined by the individual. This central tenant of contemporary gender theory is not in accord with natural law or Christian revelation and has therefore been explicitly rejected by Pope Francis and by Pope Benedict XVI.” The Catholic Bishops naturally support the principal of the protection of all people but in no way are they supportive of the concept that we are the masters of who we are. There is only one Master and that is our Lord who created us out of love in His image and likeness. God created us as we are in His image and likeness and we have a moral obligation to accept our God-given sexual identity.

Catholic teaching in this area may be summarized in the following way. “We are created male and female in the image of God (Gen. 1. 26-27). Each of us-man or woman- is challenged to fulfill our human vocation in a way that is individually unique, yet true to what we have been created to be.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches the following; “Each man and woman “should acknowledge and accept” his or her biological sexual identity, including physical, moral and spiritual differences and complementarily,” which affects all aspects of the human person in the unity of his body and soul.”

This identity especially concerns affectivity, the capacity to love and to procreate, and in a more general way the aptitude for forming

bonds of communion with others,” (CCC 2332, 2333).

“God created humanity in His image and likeness, in His divine image He created him; male and female He created them….God looked at everything He had made, and He found it very good, (Gen. 1, 27, 31)”

The Reflection

(To be read by the Leader)

Bishop Crosby, again speaking on behalf of the CCCB, concludes his statement on Bill C-16 with some legitimate down the road or perhaps even present day concerns. “Having in view the wellbeing not only of Catholics but of all Canadians, we wish to express again our serious concerns with Bill C-16. Questions about freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of religion are also likely to arise in connection with this legislation. We urge those of Catholic faith and all people of good will, to be diligent in defending these freedoms and the vision of human dignity on which they are based.”

Brothers as Catholic men we need always focus on the common good while at the same time protecting with diligence the dignity and the uniqueness of each human person. Next month we will look at definitions in order to begin the process of understanding this in part, relatively modern-day phenomenon.

Created in the Image and Likeness of God (Gen. 1, 26-27)

Meditation Period

(The Leader now invites the members to spend a few moments in silent reflection, as the above text is not meant to be a ready-made answer but a starter for personal reflection on the theme.)

Fraternal Sharing

(The leader now invites the members to share with their Brother Knights any relevant thoughts that came to them during the meditation period.)

Closing Prayer

(Recited by all) Let us pray: “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.”