My Brothers All,
September 1, 2020
My Brothers All,
As we continue to march forward with a determination to Be Bold, I would like to begin my monthly letter to all California Knights with an invitation to join together, as we invoke St. Michael the Archangel who will lead us and fight with us on the field of battle.
In 2015, we were exhorted by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted when he said “Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and men.
The Catholic Church cannot afford to sit this battle out and as we step up to be its STRONG RIGHT ARM, I am echoing the “call to arms” issued in the pastoral letter from His Excellency exhorting us to prepare to step into the breach by deepening our Catholic spirituality and formation to combat the crises facing our world today.
As we answer the call to step into the breach with our Catholic faith, which holds to the key to so many problems of society today, let us be consoled knowing we are never alone – not by a long shot; and in fact, our team is stacked for victory!
We simply need to have vision, as scripture teaches us, it is where there is no vision people perish. In the previous weeks at Mass, we have read several times where it was Saint Peter, our patron for this Columbian Year, who always saw Jesus in the midst including storms and in a world blinded by idolatry and secularism. While other disciples thought they saw a ghost walking across the water, Peter saw it was Jesus. When Jesus persisted in asking the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”, again it was Simon Peter who said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
We indeed have a Champion in Jesus present in in every circumstance. Under His direction, we also have an army of angels that protect us, wage war on our behalf and motivate us to be more deeply spiritual men and women.
From learning to invoke the aid of our Guardian Angels to reminding us to celebrate the feast of the great Archangels, please devour and share September’s edition of Prayers in the Pew Monthly. You will discover treasures inherent in these major blessings of our faith, and how we can tap into a unique ability to be in contact with the unseen world of the angels and saints. This month, press forward and go further by:
- Reciting the Guardian Angel Prayer and studying the Faith Fundamental dedicated to God’s Holy Angels
- Picking up the gauntlet laid in this month’s Spiritual Challenge from our California State Chaplain, Fr. John Neneman.
- Taking special notice of this month’s Featured Faith in Action program, Into the Breach. Contact state chairman Don Keegan, 770-366-3016, firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance for full program roll-out.
In closing my Brothers, please continue to be safe out there and remember that fear is useless. What we need is Faith. Be Bold!
St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle and pray for us!
PS: Please share this message everyone, including our council officers and council chaplains.
Yours in Service
Stephen E. Bolton