Did we as Knights fulfill our bona opera (good works) during Lent? That is during the days of our Lenten Journey, did we add something extra to enhance our own service to the Lord? Did we abstain from excessive food and drink? Did we increase our spiritual readings and with an open heart, try to be more charitable to others during these sacred 40 days of Lent? Our "40 Cans for Lent" program gave all of the Knights a chance to be more philanthropic during this past Lenten season. I believe that we, as Knights, are guided by an internal moral compass that fills us with a sense of guided responsibility and boundless acts of charity toward our fellow man.
According to Dennis Chaput from Our Lady of Guadalupe Council 8306, in Helotes, Texas the "40 Cans for Lent" campaign is a program given to us by God. Our mission, therefore as Knights of Columbus, is to fulfill God's will and help put an end to hunger! On September 25, 2010, Dennis Chaput woke up suddenly needing food to raise his blood sugar. He got up, ate, and while waiting for sleep to return, was given a vision from God. In this vision, God outlined a plan to fight hunger around the world. God called His plan: "40 Cans for Lent." And then He asked Dennis, "Will you feed my people?" Dennis said, "Yes." Now God is asking the rest of us, "Will you feed my people?"
The Church of St. Luke Council 10512, in El Cajon, California also answered God's question with an emphatic "Yes!" Council 10512 along with parishioners, both seasoned and young alike, put together their own "40 Cans for Lent" drive much like the one in Helotes, Texas. During the Lenten season, parishioners brought in canned goods, packages of pasta, and 25 pound sacks of rice and beans. All told, the Knights collected over 4000 pounds of food! The food was divided equally amongst three of our local sister parishes. I believe our Knights, at Council 10512, have humbly fulfilled God's holy resolutions during Lent, by "Feeding His people" through their "40 Cans for Lent" program. Now God is asking you and all the other Knights across California " Will you feed my people?"
What will you say?
"If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one." -Mother Teresa
In Our Risen Lord,
SK Carlos Cuellar, PGK, PFN
State FFF Chairman
California State Council
Knights of Columbus