Chaplain’s Message – July 2018
Patriotism is one the most important values inculcated in the Knight of Columbus. It is appropriate for us to think about patriotism in this month of July, when we celebrate our independence as a nation, and the ideals on which our country is founded, expressed in the Declaration of Independence, such as the fact that all men are created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights, and later by Abraham Lincoln, in calling this a nation of the people by the people and for the people.
As Catholics and especially Knights of Columbus, we should not be saying, “My country right or wrong”. We live in a time of many conflicting opinions, based on motivations, some of which are good, and some of which are bad. Instead, we should be affirming as our heritage as Christians and Catholics, under the guidance of the Pope and of the American bishops, not only in our private lives, but in public discourse as well, those fundamental values which are both truly Christian as well as truly American.