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    September 2018 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 Brothers in the Lord; “Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, (1 Cor. 5, 6).” St. Paul’s words of warning to the people of Corinth two thousand years ago spoke to my heart about the elephant in the room that all Catholics and the world for that matter are very aware of today. Suffice to say, I refer to the recent findings of the grand jury in Pennsylvania and the allegations of cover-ups against some of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Brothers, the numbers are staggering, 1000 victims, 300 priests, regardless whether the time span is the 70 years leading up to 1985.

    It is an understatement to call this a grievous breach of trust over a period of many years, by clergy, perpetrated on the most vulnerable. This travesty occurring in the Church making this an ever more painful experience. I write this article with no excuses. In AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), one of the maxims is that when you are able to name a problem you are half way to resolving it. As we all would agree, if we do not name it, there is not much chance anything will ever change. Painful as it has been to witness, my prayer is that we have hit bottom and are now in a position to be ever more vigilant and proactive in putting the necessary checks and balances in place in order to avoid anything like this ever again. Though it has been a painful implementation process over the last 6 years of so, I am very grateful, that within the Archdiocese of Edmonton we have the “Call to Protect” program which includes criminal record checks and children’s services investigation checks for anyone who will be involved with the vulnerable sector of our communities and in particular, our young people. I am grateful for the Knights of Columbus and their safe environment initiative which is required of all Grand Knights and Youth Directors. Is this enough? I am not sure, but we need to start by naming it and then in a very objective and open way, we need to ask; what are we to do?

    “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)

    All this to say brothers, that our Lord and Saviour instituted a perfect Church. The problems began when He left humanity in charge. There is no question that we have all inherited the proclivity to sin from our first parents and we need to be diligent in the way we live our Catholic faith for ourselves, for our families and our community. Brothers, at moments like this in the Catholic Church, one of our options is to turn away and say I want no part of an organization like this. That is your right, but I ask you to consider this thought. Brothers, the one relationship, that is of utmost and paramount importance to us and our families is the relationship we have with Jesus Christ. Our Lord and Saviour, who in Jn 14, 6 states clearly; “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”

    Brothers, there will always be a reason to turn our back on the Church if we are inclined to look for one. Remember this please; the Church is our Church, we are the Church, we are the body of Christ and Jesus is the head of the Church. We cannot let anyone, or anything get in the way of, or impede our relationship with the Lord, Who is, the way the truth and the Life. Jesus left us the Church in order that it mediate and assist our relationship with our God. Certainly, some days are better than others in this respect. My prayer for you, for your families and for our Holy Catholic Church is that we will move forward with hearts that are open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. If we do this, our Lord will have His way with us and allow us to see past the frailty of a sinful humanity and church, to the glorious eternity that He desires for each and every one of us, His children.

    Brothers, I am still not clear on what I will write about with regard to the Formation program and this Columbian year, but I knew I needed to address the elephant in the living room.

    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.”