Brother Knights at Union Council 4504,
Lent will begin this year on Ash Wednesday March 5, 2014, and it is customary to "give up" something for Lent as Fasting. Fasting, broadly speaking, is the voluntary avoidance of something that is good. When Catholics talk about fasting, we normally mean restricting the food that we eat. We can fast between meals, by not eating snacks, or we can engage in giving up some other thing we like as a form of Lenten sacrifice.
While fasting takes the form of refraining from something, it is primarily a spiritual discipline designed to tame the body so that we can concentrate on higher things. I would like to suggest that rather than giving something up, that you take on a commitment to get more involved with the Knights of Columbus and our Council by attending our meetings and helping out in our Charitable functions such as our Drive for Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities, or Sister Ann's Pantry. By getting involved and helping others you will get a sense that you are contributing to those in greater need than you and your family. Become part of the solution.
I would also like to encourage you to take a few moments to reflect back on the past year since last Lenten Season, and think of everyone and everything that may have caused you distress or upset you in any way and try to find a way in your heart to forgive those responsible for these and show your true Christian beliefs of forgiveness. Hopefully by forgiving those responsible you will be able to lift this burden of ill feelings towards others, and use this Lenten Season to come away refreshed and with a new outlook towards all.
The Union Knights of Columbus can only be successful by all Brother Knights stepping up and working together for the good of our Order, our Council, our Parishes, and our Community.