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Sir Knight Frank Cronin is in the hos­pi­tal. He has been diag­nosed to have lung can­cer. I spoke to him this after­noon; and, he told me he is in “ter­mi­nal sta­tus”. He is cur­rently on oxy­gen. He asked me to ask his brother knights to pray for him.

Bob Jones

A col­lo­quy of St Dorotheus

On false spir­i­tual peace

The man who finds fault with him­self accepts all things cheer­fully – mis­for­tune, loss, dis­grace, dis­hon­our and any other kind of adver­sity. He believes that he is deserv­ing of all these things and noth­ing can dis­turb him. No one could be more at peace than this man.

But per­haps you will offer me this objec­tion: “Sup­pose my brother injures me, and on exam­in­ing myself I find that I have not given him any cause. Why should I blame myself?”

Cer­tainly if some­one exam­ines him­self care­fully and with fear of God, he will never find him­self com­pletely inno­cent. He will see that he has given some provo­ca­tion by an action, a word or by his man­ner. If he does find that he is not guilty in any of these ways, cer­tainly he must have injured that brother some­how at some other time. Or per­haps he has been a source of annoy­ance to some other brother. For this rea­son he deserves to endure the injury because of many other sins that he has com­mit­ted on other occasions.

Some­one else asks why he should accuse him­self when he was sit­ting peace­fully and qui­etly when a brother came upon him with an unkind or insult­ing word. He can­not tol­er­ate it, and so he thinks that his anger is jus­ti­fied. If that brother had not approached him and said those words and upset him, he never would have sinned.

This kind of think­ing is surely ridicu­lous and has no ratio­nal basis. For the fact that he has said any­thing at all in this sit­u­a­tion breaks the cover on the pas­sion­ate anger within him, which is all the more exposed by his exces­sive anx­i­ety. If he wished, he would do penance. He has become like a clean, shiny grain of wheat that, when bro­ken, is full of dirt inside.

The man who thinks that he is quiet and peace­ful has within him a pas­sion that he does not see. A brother comes up, utters some unkind word and imme­di­ately all the venom and mire that lie hid­den within him are spewed out. If he wishes mercy, he must do penance, purify him­self and strive to become per­fect. He will see that he should have returned thanks to his brother instead of return­ing the injury, because his brother has proven to be an occa­sion of profit to him. It will not be long before he will no longer be both­ered by these temp­ta­tions. The more per­fect he grows, the less these temp­ta­tions will affect him. For the more the soul advances, the stronger and more pow­er­ful it becomes in bear­ing the dif­fi­cul­ties that it meets

OurLadyofHelp O Mary,
you always brighten our path
as a sign of sal­va­tion and of hope.
We entrust our­selves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain
while remain­ing stead­fast in faith.
O lov­ing Mother,
you know what we need,
and we are con­fi­dent you will pro­vide for us
as at Cana in Galilee.
Inter­cede for us with your Son Jesus,
the Divine Physi­cian,
for those who have fallen ill,
for those who are vul­ner­a­ble,
and for those who have died.
Inter­cede also for those charged with
pro­tect­ing the health and safety of oth­ers
and for those who are tend­ing to the sick
and seek­ing a cure.
Help us, O Mother of Divine Love,
to con­form to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who took upon him­self our
suffer­ings and car­ried our sor­rows,
so as to lead us, through the Cross,
to the glory of the Res­ur­rec­tion. Amen.
Under thy pro­tec­tion we seek refuge,
O Holy Mother of God.
In our needs, despise not our peti­tions,
but deliver us always from all dan­gers,
O glo­ri­ous and blessed Vir­gin. Amen.
Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis

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Knights of Colum­bus Call for National Unity, End to Racism

Supreme Knight Ander­son says path for­ward begins with prayer.

The Knights of Colum­bus has called for a novena – nine days of prayer – for national unity and an end to racism amid the unrest fol­low­ing the death of George Floyd.

We ask all peo­ple to come together in sol­i­dar­ity to forge a path for­ward — free of dis­crim­i­na­tion and hate — for our nation,” said Supreme Knight Carl Ander­son. “The Knights join Pope Fran­cis in urg­ing all to express their anger and cries for jus­tice in non-​violent ways to end the sin of racism.”

The novena is set to begin on Trin­ity Sun­day, June 7, which was cho­sen by the Knights as the day to start the novena because of its inher­ent theme of unity.

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