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Sunday, March 01, 2015

State Deputy Message - March 2015

March 1, 2015
Lent is a season when Catholics focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. Lent is a great time to "repent", return to God, and re-focus our lives to be more in line with Jesus. It's a 40 day trial run in changing our lifestyles and letting God change our hearts. We might try one of these practices for Lent:
·       Fasting: Some people have been known to go without food for days. But that's not the only way to fast. We can fast by cutting out some of the things in our lives that distract us from God. We can give up some activity like worry or reality TV to spend time outside enjoying God’s creation.
·       Service: Some Catholics take something on for Christ. We can commit to help a stranger, co-worker, or friend everyday of Lent. Serving others is one way we serve God.
·       Prayer: Catholics also use Lent as a time of intentional prayer.
During this Lenten season, brother Knights in Arizona have several ways to fast, serve, and pray. “40 Days for Life” is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion. There are numerous campaigns happening throughout Arizona from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday. You are strongly encouraged to participate in these campaigns. Many councils and parishes have campaign dates already set. Please sign up for a block of time to pray on the front lines. For more information, please reach out to Mike Rimbey, Arizona State Council’s Chairman for “40 Days for Life” at MikeRimbey@aol.com or www.40daysforlife.com 
We can serve others by bringing Catholic men and their families closer to Christ by asking them to join our Order. March 29th is Founder’s Day, which marks the day when Connecticut approved the charter of the Knights of Columbus in 1882. To commemorate this, Supreme is asking every council in the entire Order is asked to conduct a Church Membership Drive and a 1st Degree exemplification during March.  Your Church Drive should focus on inviting men to join us in our service to the Church. Your District Deputy is available to help and support you with this. He will be asking you for your commitment for a successful drive.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson says, “I believe our saintly founder sees into the hearts of his brother Knights today. One hundred years from now, he will not be surprised by what his brother Knights continue to accomplish.” This March, let’s make Father McGivney’s dream our own. Let’s continue his mission of building our Order stronger to serve our Church, protecting Catholic families, and bring men closer to Christ. After all, it’s part of what being a Knight is all about.
Remember that by living our State theme, “I will choose Christ, I will choose love, I choose to serve”, you and your council will exemplify our four principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. With this, your current members and your new members can be an enormous force for good in your council, Church, family, and community.
Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker                                                                                                                                                                                         State Deputy


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