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Pray for our military

Prayer of the Archdiocese for the Military Services
Almighty God and Father, look with love upon our men
and women in uniform and protect them in their time of
need. Give them health and stability and allow them to
return to their loved ones whole and unshaken. Be with
their families and sustain them in these uncertain times.
Grant strength and peace of mind to the Veterans who
have given their best for the country they love. Support
them in infirmity and in the fragility of old age. Teach us
to remember their sacrifices and to express our gratitude.
Manifest your tender care to those in the Military
Academies who prepare for future service and to those
who serve our Nation far from home. Teach us to
remember the sacrifices of those whose efforts contribute
to ensuring our way of life.
Bless and multiply the priests who minister to the faithful
of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Reward their
generosity and keep them faithful.
Hear us as we present our prayers to You through Christ
our Lord.

Council 11862 motto for 2016-2017 Fraternal Year

Our motto this year is "Pick one thing - do it better than anyone else!"

Council 11862 Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

At the September 15. 2016 business meeting, Council 11862 marked the 20th anniversary of its founding. Seven of the ten Past Grand Knights were in attendance:

  • Sir Knight Jack Harvey
  • Sir Knight Mike Williams
  • Sir Knight Felipe Salazar
  • Sir Knight Mike Smith
  • Sir Knight Gary Labac
  • Sir Knight Jeff Muessig
  • Sir Knight Mike Courtney
  • Sir Knight Chris Fowler (Current Grand Knight)

The Past Grand Knights each told about the highlights of their time leading the Council, from the story of the beginnings of the Council to the lean times in the first years to the beginnings of the growth that has made it possible for the group to become an elite Council in the Diocese of Dallas. Today the Council raises $20,000 each year for a number of different charities and contributes 12 to 13 thousand service hours to the parish and communities.

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Standards of Conduct

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St. Padre Pio's 5 Point Rule of Life

St. Pio of Pietrelcina was both a mystic and a performer of many miracles—and he died in 1968, only 47 years ago.

 

In many ways, this saint was and is a contradiction to our scientific, rational age, and despite their eagerness to prove him a fraud, skeptics remain consistently unable to explain the many miracles that accompanied St. Pio’s life.

 

But while St. Pio is remembered as a miracle worker, he was perhaps best known in his day as a spiritual father to countless souls. He gave wise and holy counsel to those dealing with the struggles of living a holy life in the world, and through his advice, he guided many souls to heaven.

 

Here are five habits St. Padre Pio believed all Catholics should practice, based on advice he gave to his spiritual children.

 

I. Weekly Confession

 

“Confession is the soul’s bath. You must go at least once a week. I do not want souls to stay away from confession more than a week. Even a clean and unoccupied room gathers dust; return after a week and you will see that it needs dusting again!”

 

II. Daily Communion

 

“It is quite true, we are not worthy of such a gift. However, to approach the Blessed Sacrament in a state of mortal sin is one thing, and to be unworthy is quite another. All of us are unworthy, but it is He who invites us. It is He who desires it. Let us humble ourselves and receive Him with a heart contrite and full of love.”

 

III. Examination of Conscience Every Evening

 

Someone once told Padre Pio that he thought a nightly examination of conscience was pointless because he knew what was sin as it was committed. To this, Padre Pio replied, “That is true enough. But every experienced merchant in this world not only keeps track throughout the day of whether he has lost or gained on each sale. In the evening, he does the bookkeeping for the day to determine what he should do on the morrow. It follows that it is indispensable to make a rigorous examination of conscience, brief but lucid, every night.”

 

IV. Daily Spiritual Reading

 

“The harm that comes to souls from the lack of reading holy books makes me shudder…. What power spiritual reading has to lead to a change of course, and to make even worldly people enter into the way of perfection.”

 

V. Mental Prayer Twice Daily

 

“If you do not succeed in meditating well, do not give up doing your duty. If the distractions are numerous, do not be discouraged; do the meditation of patience, and you will still profit. Decide upon the length of your meditation, and do not leave your place before finishing, even if you have to be crucified. Why do you worry so much because you do not know how to meditate as you would like? Meditation is a means to attaining God, but it is not a goal in itself. Meditation aims at the love of God and neighbor. Love God with all your soul without reserve, and love your neighbor as yourself, and you will have accomplished half of your meditation.”

 

This 5 point rule was taken from the booklet, Saint Padre Pio, by Rev. Father Jean, OFM., Cap.