As we head toward Christmas, our staff is making preparations for several events in January: the start of the legislative session on Jan. 12, the Midwest March for Life on Jan. 17, and the Iowa Institute for Social Action on Jan. 18-19.
We are working with supporters in the legislature to prepare an Education Savings Accounts (ESA) proposal. ESAs would allow parents who choose not to enroll their child in a public school to receive a deposit of public funds into a savings…Continue
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The following is the homily from the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. It was preached by Deacon Bill Black of St. Cecilia's parish, Algona, Iowa. Please enjoy the read.
The gospel today serves us as a reminder that the word of God is as just as real to us as Jesus was to his followers when he walked the…
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Question 27: The principal act of charity: love (dilectio)
Here St. Thomas asserts that loving belongs to charity as such, since loving is the principal act of charity, whereas being loved is not an act. Rather, being loved belongs to charity as something that is good, since it is good for a person that others love him out of charity. Again,…
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Since 1993 Slumberland has been helping kids get the restful sleep they require by giving new beds to families in need. Through their 40 Winks Foundation and Making Homes for the Holidays donation event, they have given more than 20,000 beds to families who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor.
For the 2014 Making Homes for the Holidays…Continue
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Question 26: The order of charity
Why should there be an order of charity, when none of the other virtues, including faith, seem to have an ordering of what is prior to what is posterior among their objects?
St. Thomas replies that, as we have already seen, God is the principal object of charity, because he alone causes beatitude,…Continue
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In 1987, my mentor Monsignor Richard Schuler wrote an article entitled Participation. This was one of the very first principles that he would teach when speaking catechetically about the liturgical action and how man relates to it. This was the very first principle that he taught me. Over the next few months I will be exapanding this principle; writing and speaking about how we can enhance our participation in the liturgical action and how…Continue
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This a reprint from First Things Magazine. It is well worth the read.
For the past three months, parishioners and friends of the Church of Our Saviour on Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan have been wondering…Continue
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Question 25: The object of charity
The opening of the reply helps us to understand more precisely the sense in which acts and habits are specified by their objects: "A habit is diversified only insofar as it changes the species of the act. For every act of a single species pertains to the same habit. Now since the species of…
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Question 24: The subject of charity
The sentient appetite has as its object the good as apprehended by the senses, whereas the intellective appetite (will) has as its object the good as apprehended by the intellect. The object of charity is a good that is not apprehended by the senses, and so it inheres in the will as a subject.
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I read the following article by Sam Guzman earlier this week. It is something that we as Catholic gentlemen and Knights should take into consideration as we move forward with our Catholicism.
Masculinity and the Liturgy
Today, I want to broach a controversial topic, knowing full well that I may cause a ruckus. I want to talk about masculinity and the liturgy.
I will start with a few caveats. First, I do not believe the liturgy should ever be…Continue
November is here, and with it is the time of the year when we can all pause to catch our breaths and think about what we are thankful for in our lives. Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season give all of us a perfect opportunity to try to slow down, even if only for a moment, and reflect on what we are truly grateful for this year. Whether it’s a new job, new baby, overcoming a medical challenge or hitting a…Continue
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State Deputy Dan Werner has revived The Knight Today with the first new edition published November 2014. A printed copy of this edition was mailed to each Knight of Columbus in Iowa. CLICK HERE to read an electronic copy.
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The Mason City Knights of Columbus, Diamond Jo Casino, The Dimensional Group, Cent Credit Union and Martin Brothers have teamed up to make sure Mason City seniors have their annual Thanksgiving dinner. CLICK HERE to read the full story in the Mason City…Continue
I was reading my brother Brian's facebook yesterday and I came across the following post. This is about my niece Elizabeth (E). She is my oldest niece and she has held a special place in my heart since the day she was born, almost 12 years ago. Please read on and understand why she means so very, very much to me.
"So on the way home from the Notre Dame football game the kids and I stopped in Chicago for a little American Girl and Niketown fun. Fortunately for me, I was reminded…Continue
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The following are questions asked by and answered by Aquinas on the theological virtue of Charity. Please be advised that Charity isn't simply being nice or turning the other cheek, but it truly is agape love of our fellow man and an adult sense of what it means to relate to our brothers. This is what our Order is founded upon and this is how we should let our consciences be guided.
Over the next several weeks we we will be looking at the various questions which make up Aquinas'…
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Dear Brother Knights:
This past weekend we observed liturgically the anniversary of the dedication of the Lateran Archbasilica in Rome. There is no St. John Lateran, so don't be listening for his name in the Litany of the Saints. Lateran was the last name of the Roman senator whose property was confiscated by the Emperor Nero. Later, in 313, When Constantine was emperor, and after he became a Christian, he gave that property to the pope, believing that Lateran Palace…Continue
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As we continue to look into the Knights of Columbus, we will look into our guiding principles. These principles are important to the Knights for a variety of reasons and those reasons will be explained. The four principles are: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. As Catholic men, we need an outlet to be able to express our Catholicity and the Knights give us this opportunity. If you or someone you know might be interested in joining the Knights, know that these are our core values…Continue
NOTE: The following appeared in the November 6, 2014 edition of The Catholic Globe, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Sioux City.…Continue