Family Life

David “Reggie” R Vasquez, Visions Chairman

Many of you recall a time when you had the reading assignment, or just for the pure pleasure of it, read the book called “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

One of the quotable quotes from this Harper Lee book is: “You can choose your friends but you sho' can't choose your family, an' they're still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge 'em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don't.”

Many of us may laugh at that quote and quietly nod our heads in agreement at its underlining truth. This month we remember our families and in particular our mothers and next month our fathers. St. Pope John Paul II stated: “Fatherhood and motherhood represent a responsibility which is not simply physical but spiritual in nature."  Through motherhood and fatherhood "there passes the genealogy of the person, which has its beginning in God and which must lead back to Him." During this month of May, a month dedicated to our spiritual Mother Mary, it is the perfect time to reflect on the importance of family.

Though the opening quote from Harper Lee suggests we can’t choose our family I submit that in essence we can. We Knights of Columbus are members of a very special societal family we have chosen to be part of. For many of us the invitation to join began with our parents, for many others it may have been a long journey of faith that has led them to join. The Knights of Columbus is a special family which truly does believe that all life must indeed lead back to God. It is in fact a family which believes that the family and society have complementary functions in defending and fostering the good of each and every human being. We are indeed proud and happy to acknowledge each other.

Our family of Knights has been tasked to take on greater responsibilities and accountability for building the Domestic Church. It is part of our Programs, it is a part of our awareness, it is part of our Councils structure. To rightfully respect, dignify, and uplift family life in our very organizational structure we are indeed signaling to all that we want and will stand for a culture of life brought about by strong Catholic family values. Those family values are defined in the virtues of the beatitudes and are passed on by parents of faith.

The question to all of us Knights then is: “What are we doing to enhance the family culture, especially with regard to faith and how are we encouraging all parents to nurture faith in their children?”  We have a leadership role in this; we need to serve as models in our respective communities and support pro-family and pro-life activities of our parishes. And, do it with love. If we do this well, then membership in our ranks will continue to increase. Ours will be the faith filled community that welcomes and encourages the family, and ours will be a family of choice that any practicing Catholic will want to join. And, there it is, you can choose your family!

Vivat Jesus! Viva Cristo Rey!

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