September 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)”

My dear Brother Knights. Greetings to you and your families, as we enter into another Columbian year of activity, unity, fraternity, charitable works and in this case, faith formation. Brothers, last year we looked at in a relatively in depth way the challenges faced with the legalization of “assisted suicide” in February 2015 here in Canada. Assisted suicide and euthanasia are complex and troubling topics to comprehend. There is no question that these two challenging social issues are absolutely opposed to Catholic moral teaching and they are a very serious threat to the Dignity of the Human Person, the dignity of life from conception until Natural Death.

Another prominent area of concern and affront to the dignity of the human person is what is often referred to by the acronym “LBGTQ” community. These letters refer to those of our brothers and sisters who identify themselves as Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgendered or Queer. Why am I offering thoughts on an area that most of us are not comfortable with? It is because some of our Brother Knights may well be faced with some of these issues challenges circumstances even within their immediate or extended families. What does this say to you and me? Well, it means that when we hear the term LBGTQ in a news broadcast, it also may be a pertinent topic of conversation around one of your Brother’s own dinner tables. My goal in addressing this sensitive topic is to provide us a clearer understanding of what these terms actually mean and further to make clear what Catholic Church teaching is in these particular areas. Further, we as Catholic men need to be clear about the inherent dignity of the human person no matter how they identify their sexuality. Individuals who find themselves with sexual identity issues need our compassion and care, not our judgment.

“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)

In June of 2017 Bill C-16 entailing an Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act as well as the criminal code was passed and given royal assent. Simply put, this act adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act. It also modified the Criminal Code to extend the protection against hate crimes to members of groups distinguished by gender and identity or expression. In short, someone who identifies as a member within the umbrella of the LBGTQ community cannot be discriminated against because of how they perceive their own personal identity. This in and of itself makes good sense and protects those who are different than what we might consider the societal norm. Next month we will begin with the Catholic Bishops response to Bill C-16.

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.”