My Brother Knights at the Union Knights of Columbus,
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ on Christmas Day this seems like a good time to remind you, my brother knights, of the first three principles of our order; Charity, Unity and Fraternity.
Charity means not merely the giving of funds but being charitable with your time and assistance toward your families, your church, your community and those in need. The Christmas season is a wonderful time to be charitable.
Unity is the joining together of we brothers. If you think of us as strands of thread one of us can be easily broken but if we join together as in a rope nothing and no one can break us. There are forces at work in the world trying to marginalize or eliminate our faith and the expression of it. If we unite we can defeat those forces and continue to follow our traditions as we have for generations.
Fraternity is giving your brothers the benefit of the doubt and giving your brothers preference over others all things being equal. Do not be hasty in judging brothers. Walk around in their shoes before you render judgment. We are a community of Catholic men supporting each other.
Union Council ran very successful 2nd and 3rd degrees on November 19th and 21st. Seven men from Union Council became 3rd degree members along with nine from other councils. We received many compliments from the State team who ran the third degree about how well organized we were and how great the hall looked and how good the food was. We have a good thing going on at Union Council. Please come out to our meetings, degrees and events and keep the momentum going.
Lastly, I want to wish my brothers and their families a Blessed and Merry Christmas.