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August 2017 - Hope

Christian hope is faith in the redemption of Jesus Christ that enables mankind to face the present, even when there are many problems. “The dark door of time, of the future, has been thrown open. The one who has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has been granted the gift of a new life.” 

How exactly do such hopeful people live differently? Hopeful people do not get weighed down by pessimism. They choose to counter discouragement by accepting the love of Christ every day through a robust prayer life. They believe “all things are possible” with God (Mt 19:26). They lovingly help their family and friends, realizing that life in its fullness consists in “being for others” even when the other is not affirming or loving in return. 

Hope is born through encounters of love that present a life-giving spirit to our families.  Families participate in the life-giving spirit of God through raising children, work, mission, generosity, tenderness and other acts of love. a hopeful family helps each person realize that they live “in the world for a purpose — to receive God’s love ourselves and to show God’s love to others. God seeks to heal a broken universe.

He asks us to be his witnesses and helpers in that work.”

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Family Prayer Corner

August 2017

In all of the Church approved Marian Apparitions, Mary asks us to pray, pray, pray.  To follow this request is to directly give us Hope that all will be well:  That God is listening and taking care of us.  He loves us so much He allows us to make mistakes, so that we might learn.  A huge mistake is to NOT PRAY.  This causes us to drift.  One of our most powerful prayers is in the form of the rosary.  When you became a Knight, you received a rosary which was to remain in your pocket continuously so that it could be used regularly every day.  At Fatima, the Blessed Mother gave us the rosary and one additional prayer, called the Fatima Prayer.   

This month let’s reinforce our commitment to say the daily rosary.  If you don’t know it, memorize the Fatima Prayer.  “Oh, My Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell.  Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of Your mercy.”   

Concentrate on the Second and Fourth Glorious Mysteries:  The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven and The Assumption of Mary into Heaven.  Our HOPE is to one day, ascend into heaven and Live with God and His Heavenly Community with Joy forever.

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Monthly Planning Items

August 2017

To have Hope is to truly believe that God listens and answers every prayer we offer to Him.  We can deepen our faith and strengthen our Hope by showing no limits to our plea to God. 

Ask each person to choose something “impossible” to pray for this month, and choose one person in your family to pray for every day during the month.   Also, to celebrate the life-giving spirit of your family, discuss times in your family’s life when you grew together in faith or love.  Discuss moments of your relationship, courtship, engagement and wedding celebrations that helped you grow as a couple. Share stories of your children’s births, and discuss the gift that each of their lives has been to your family. Gather photos or various mementos of these events for a scrapbook or memory box that your family can cherish, or consider compiling them into slideshow that can be shared with relatives. 

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Council Reflections

August 2017 - Hope

From Pope Benedict XVI’s “spe salvi” 

Whoever is moved by love begins to perceive what “life” really is. He begins to

perceive the meaning of the word of HOPE that we encountered in the Baptismal Rite: From faith I await “eternal life” — the true life which, whole and unthreatened, in all its fullness, is simply life. Jesus, who said that he had come so that we might have life and have it in its fullness, in abundance ( Jn 10:10), has also explained to us what “life” means: “this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (Jn 17:3).   Life in its true sense is not something we have exclusively in or from ourselves: it is a relationship.   And life in its totality is a relationship with him who is the source of life.  If we are in relation with him who does not die, who is life itself and love itself, then we are in life. Then we “live.” 

Make a copy of Pope Benedict’s teaching and hit out to your Council.  Pose these questions to your Brother Knights at your Council Meeting so they can share them with their family members:

1. How would our family life be different if we did not love at all? How would this affect our sense of hope?

2. In what ways has the Catholic faith and God’s love shown us how to love? In what way does the faith shape our hopes?

3. Why is having a relationship with God so important to really “living” and “hoping”?

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