Brother Knights:

October is Respect Life month and also Pray the Rosary Month.  How Ironic…Respect Life and say the Rosary!!

Respect Life: from conception to natural death. FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH.  Easy to say. What about in between?  Do we not have to respect our fellow citizens and our brother knights?

 We as Knights have the most important responsibility of anyone, to respect life.  What about Persons with Intellectual Disabilities?  What about the homeless?  What about those who are hungry? What about those in natural disasters?  What about veterans suffering from PTSD?  And that also includes our Fire Departments, Police Departments, and First Responders.  I was there once, and I know that it is not a piece of cake.

Jesus said “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me.” 

Looking back on the last few months; I heard every reason for the on-line membership program, from- it is only a Knights of Columbus Supreme move for Insurance, (well, maybe correct), however, of the 18 on-line members who joined the Knights of Columbus in Arkansas to date,  none are Insurance members.  Okay, I need another reason,” Well I did not ask him to join MY council”…  so…RESPECT LIFE FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH!!! Every on-line member joined the Knights of Columbus because they saw something in the Knights of Columbus that inspired them, whether it was another knight or something they saw about the Knights of Columbus.  This is most important as a Knight and a Catholic…that someone wants to join your group because of what they saw in you!!!  RESPECT LIFE.

I would hope that the most important thing that they saw in you was your Catholicity.   Respecting Life…Charity, Unity, Fraternity, Patriotism, and Defense of the Priesthood.  REPECTING LIFE FROM CENCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH AND ALL IN BETWEEN.  That is what we are all about.

THINK ABOUT IT.  Are we stopping men from joining us because they are Black, Hispanic, Vietnamese, Mentally Challenged or Disabled?  “RESPECT LIFE.”

Maybe we should all examine our conscience and see if we are really welcoming all of our brothers, or are we prejudice to many.  “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me.” ( Jesus Christ.)

Respect Life has to do with our everyday life, not just anti-abortion, the death penalty or assisted suicide.

My brothers:  If we do not stand in the front, who will?


Thank you for all that you do!

I ask you to step up and do a little more!

God Bless you all!

Roy Anderle

State Deputy

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