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FOCUS Missionary Maria Saporito from Saint Bonaventure thanks Council 6020 Knights and explains her FOCUS mission. This video is from Council 6020's original support.  We continue to support Maria and would also like to begin supporting her sister who will be a 
FOCUS Missionary for the cadets of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
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The Knights of Columbus Public Exemplification Ceremony is a beautiful and inspiring ceremony representing a lifetime commitment to a Catholic Charitable Organization that has the potential to change the world and save souls. If you are interested in joining the Knights you should read this ceremony, and then pray and meditate on it.
The Exemplification Ceremony link below has a number of highlighted statements to help this become a recurring meditation on the mission of the Knights and our mission as Knights.  It is what we committed to.
Father John Grace is an Augustinian Priest from Ireland who spent decades in Southern Califorinia  and was California State Chaplain a number of times, more recently during the 2022/2023 Columbian Year when Steve Lovison was the 6020 Grand Knight.  In addition, Father Grace served at Supreme as the Chaplain of Chaplains.  He constantly worked towards making Catholic Spirituality, Piety, and Devotion priorities for the Knights of Columbus.  In June of 2023 Fr Grace, in obedience to his Augustinian Superiors, was transferred back to Ireland.  Before he left we at Council 6020 where blessed to have him attend our May 28th, 2023 Exemplification Ceremony.  His address to those in attendance is timeless, and the final question he asks each of us in this video is one we should ask ourselves every single day.

Ten Reasons to Make a Holy Hour According to Fulton J. Sheen
Why spend an hour a day in meditation? Because we are living on the surface of our souls, knowing little either of God or our inner self. Our knowledge is mostly about things, not about destiny. Most of our dif­ficulties and disappointments in life are due to mistakes in our life plans. Having forgotten the purpose of living, we have doubted even the value of living.
A broken bone gives pain because it is not where it ought to be; our souls are in agony because we are not tending to the fullness of Life, Truth, and Love, which is God.
1. Time Well Spent
It is time spent in the presence of Our Lord Himself. If faith is alive, no further reason is needed.
2. Shake Noonday Devils
In our busy lives, it takes considerable time to shake off the “noonday devils,” the worldly cares, that cling to our souls like dust. An hour with Our Lord follows the experience of the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13–35). We begin by walking with Our Lord, but our eyes are “held fast” so that we do not “recognize him.” Next, He converses with our soul, as we read the Scriptures. The third stage is one of sweet intimacy, as when “he sat down at table with them.” The fourth stage is the full dawning of the mystery of the Eucharist. Our eyes are “opened,” and we recognize Him.
Finally, we reach the point where we do not want to leave. The hour seemed so short. As we arise, we ask: “Were not our hearts burning within us when he spoke to us on the road, and when he made the Scriptures plain to us?” (Luke 24:32).
3. Jesus Asked
Our Lord asked for it. “Had you no strength, then, to watch with me even for an hour?” (see Matt. 26:40). The word was addressed to Peter, but he is referred to as Simon. It is our Simon nature that needs the hour. If the hour seems hard, it is because “the spirit is willing enough, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38).
4. Balance Spiritual & Practical
The Holy Hour keeps a balance between the spiritual and the practical. Western philosophies tend to an activism in which God does nothing, and man everything; the Eastern philosophies tend to a quietism in which God does everything, and man nothing. The golden mean is in the words of St. Thomas: “action following rest,” Martha walking with Mary. The Holy Hour unites the contemplative to the active life of the person.
Thanks to the hour with Our Lord, our meditations and resolutions pass from the conscious to the subconscious and then become motives of action. A new spirit begins to pervade our work. The change is ef­fected by Our Lord, who fills our heart and works through our hands. A person can give only what he possesses. To give Christ to others, one must possess Him.
5. We’ll Practice What We Preach
The Holy Hour will make us practice what we preach. “Here is an image,” he said, “of the kingdom of heaven: there was once a king, who held a marriage feast for his son and sent out his servants with a sum­mons to all those whom he had invited to the wedding; but they would not come” (Matt. 22:2–3).
It was written of Our Lord that He “began to do and to teach” (Acts 1:1). The person who practices the Holy Hour will find that when he teaches, the people will say of him as of the Lord: “All . . . were astonished at the gracious words which came from his mouth” (Luke 4:22).
6. Helps Us Make Reparations
The Holy Hour helps us make reparation for the sins of the world and for our own sins. When the Sacred Heart appeared to St. Margaret Mary, it was His Heart, and not His head, that was crowned with thorns. It was Love that was hurt. Black Masses, sacrilegious communions, scandals, militant atheism — who will make up for them? Who will be an Abra­ham for Sodom, a Mary for those who have no wine? The sins of the world are our sins as if we had committed them. If they caused Our Lord a bloody sweat, to the point that He upbraided His disciples for failing to stay with Him an hour, shall we with Cain ask: “Is it for me to watch over my brother?” (Gen. 4:9).
7. Reduces Liability to Temptation
It reduces our liability to temptation and weakness. Presenting our­selves before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is like putting a tu­bercular patient in good air and sunlight. The virus of our sins cannot long exist in the face of the Light of the world. “Always I can keep the Lord within sight; always he is at my right hand, to make me stand firm” (Ps. 15:8).
Our sinful impulses are prevented from arising through the barrier erected each day by the Holy Hour. Our will becomes disposed to good­ness with little conscious effort on our part. Satan, the roaring lion, was not permitted to put forth his hand to touch righteous Job until he received permission (Job 1:12). Certainly, then, will the Lord withhold serious fall from him who watches (1 Cor. 10:13). With full confidence in his Eucharistic Lord, the person will have a spiritual resiliency. He will bounce back quickly after a falling: “Fall I, it is but to rise again, sit I in darkness, the Lord will be my light. The Lord’s displeasure I must bear, I that have sinned against him, till at last, he admits my plea, and grants redress” (Micah 7:8–9).
The Lord will be favorable even to the weakest of us, if He finds us at His feet in adoration, disposing ourselves to receive divine favors. No sooner had Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor, humbled himself before his Maker than God sent a special messenger to his relief, telling him that “even now he is at his prayers” (Acts 9:11). Even the person who has fallen can expect reassurance if he watches and prays. “They shall increase, that hitherto had dwindled, be exalted, that once were brought low” (Jer. 30:19).
8. Our Holy Hour is Our Personal Prayer
The Holy Hour is a personal prayer. The person who limits himself strictly to his official obligation is like the union man who downs tools the moment the whistle blows. Love begins when duty finishes. It is a giving of the cloak when the coat is taken. It is walking the extra mile. “Answer shall come ere cry for help is uttered; prayer find audience while it is yet on their lips” (Isa. 65:24).
Of course, we do not have to make a Holy Hour — and that is just the point. Love is never compelled, except in hell. There love has to submit to justice. To be forced to love would be a kind of hell. No man who loves a woman is obligated to give her an engagement ring, and no person who loves the Sacred Heart ever has to give an engagement Hour.
“Would you, too, go away?” (John 6:68) is weak love; “Art thou sleep­ing?” (Mark 14:37) is irresponsible love; “He had great possessions” (Matt. 19:22; Mark 10:22) is selfish love. But does the person who loves His Lord have time for other activities before he performs acts of love “above and beyond the call of duty”? Does the patient love the physician who charges for every call, or does he begin to love when the physician says: “I just dropped by to see how you were”?
9. Keeps Us From Seeking An Escape
Meditation keeps us from seeking an external escape from our worries and miseries. When difficulties arise, when nerves are made taut by false accusations, there is always a danger that we may look outwards, as the Israelites did, for release.
From the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, word was given you: “Come back and keep still, and all shall be well with you; in quietness and in confidence lies your strength. But you would have none of it; To horse! you cried, We must flee! and flee you shall; We must ride swiftly, you said, but swifter still ride your pursuers” (Isa. 30:15–16).
No outward escape, neither pleasure, drink, friends, or keeping busy, is an answer. The soul cannot “fly upon a horse”; he must take “wings” to a place where his “life is hidden away . . . with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3).
10. The Holy Hour is Necessary
Finally, the Holy Hour is necessary for the Church. No one can read the Old Testament without becoming conscious of the presence of God in history. How often did God use other nations to punish Israel for her sins! He made Assyria the “rod that executes my vengeance” (Isa. 10:5). The history of the world since the Incarnation is the Way of the Cross. The rise of nations and their fall remain related to the kingdom of God. We cannot understand the mystery of God’s government, for it is the “sealed book” of Revelation. John wept when he saw it (Rev. 5:4). He could not understand why this moment of prosperity and that hour of adversity.
The sole requirement is the venture of faith, and the reward is the depths of intimacy for those who cultivate His friendship. To abide with Christ is spiritual fellowship, as He insisted on the solemn and sacred night of the Last Supper, the moment He chose to give us the Eucharist: “You have only to live on in me, and I will live on in you” (John 15:4). He wants us in His dwelling: “That you, too, may be where I am” (John 14:3).

Reflections on Christian Manhood

Prepared for Knights of Columbus Council 6020

By Deacon Joe Sullivan, Past Grand Knight Council 6020

June 2017


When God created us as men, he gave us size, strength and purpose. I believe God has given us three missions in life by making us men: protect and defend, provide and lead, and serve in sacrifice.


Our model in every aspect of true manhood is Jesus.


First, we are called to protect and defend women, children, those who are vulnerable including the unborn, and the poor and powerless. Protecting the lives and dignity of others is a key part of our very nature as Christian men. An example offered by Father Mike Schmidt of a man in the Bible not living up to this important role is Adam. When the serpent spoke to Eve, Adam was standing right there, but he let her be intimidated into choosing wrong – why? Father Mike said the word we translate as “serpent” here is only used one other place in the Bible, and there it is translated as “leviathan” (a sea monster) – this was something scary, not a little snake! So Eve was probably afraid, but Adam just looked the other way so she did what the serpent said she should do. Contrast this with Jesus, who protected the woman caught in adultery, defended the outcasts and cast out demons to free people from wickedness – he was always at war with the evils threatening vulnerable people, even though it could cost him his life. We have to train ourselves physically and mentally (and spiritually) to be ready to protect and defend, like our military, police and firefighters, or like Jesus who was strong in every respect.


Second, we are called to provide for our families and be leaders in our families, church, community and workplace. Our world and our loved ones need us to provide leadership in Christian discipleship, in forming ourselves morally, and doing the right thing even when that is hard. Not like Adam, who let Eve choose to do the wrong thing, and then he followed her into sin! Another example in the Bible of a man not living up to his role is David, who was otherwise a great king and favored by God. But at one point, he was not out leading his army into battle, which is what the king is supposed to do, but was instead lazing around his mansion when he spied Bathsheba and chose to commit adultery with her. Contrast this with Jesus who fed the hungry, healed the sick, and taught and led his disciples in spite of the danger to himself.


Finally, we are called in our strength and capabilities to serve our families and those in need. We must not take advantage of those who are weaker than us, and must avoid the temptations to the four main idols: wealth, pleasure, power and honor. Examples in the Bible of men not living up to this role include David, who used his position to intimidate Bathsheba into adultery and then used his power to have her loyal and honorable husband killed to cover his crime, and the religious leaders of Israel who took advantage of the law to enrich themselves at great cost to the poor people of the community. Jesus, on the other hand, made the ultimate sacrifice for others, giving his life to save us from sin and death. Our model in every aspect of true manhood is Jesus.


Thoughts on David from Bishop Barron in the Catholicism DVD series:


David is the paradigmatic king in the old testament. His kingship recalls that of Adam in the Garden of Eden, and yet it points toward the King par excellence, Jesus Christ. Adam was the first king and steward of the rightly ordered Garden of Eden. He was called to govern the garden according to God’s mind and purpose, but by allowing negative influences to wreak havoc on Eden, he did not fulfill his kingly responsibility. Long after Adam, David emerged as the definitive king who would restore order in the Garden and bring the world under the lordship of God. But like Adam, David fell, and his reign ushered in a succession of compromised kings and rejected prophets. 



A really appropriate poem/song for Catholic men


Rise up O men of God – have done with lesser things.

Give heart and soul and mind and strength to serve the King of kings!


Rise up O men of God – His kingdom tarries long.

Bring in the day of brotherhood and end the night of wrong!


Rise up O men of God – the Church for you does wait.

Sent forth to serve the needs of men, in Christ our strength is great!


Lift high the cross of Christ! Tread where his feet have trod!

As brothers of the Son of Man, rise up, O men of God!