Greetings Brother Knights,
Pope Francis has spoken of a “culture encounter” as a common goal, encouraging people to be fearless in the ways they look beyond themselves for the needs of others. “Faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others.”
Why friends are so important in our Order.
Our society tends to place an emphasis on relationships, that if we can just find the right person, we will be happy and will succeed. Because friends are even more important to our psychological welfare, it will bring a powerful impact not only on our organization or to our councils, but to our own physical health. Having a lack of social and spiritual connections will lead us only to a sedentary lifestyle.
Our relationships as brothers in the Knights of Columbus also needs to develop a strong friendly relationship even if we already know that we are all brothers in Christ. Somehow, for some reason, we forgot this sometimes.
As Pope Francis said:
“Christ is constantly reaching out to us, but an encounter only happens when the invitation is acknowledged and responded to. By encountering Christ, we can encounter others. This means reaching out, building friendships beyond our circle and meeting people on the peripheries, the poorest and vulnerable, migrants and refugees.”
I believe being a Knight means spending time always with other people which will elevate our integrity and will boost our outlook. This will also help us to reach our goals, encouragement from us will boost their will power and for us to increase our chances of success.
Having active communications or social life with each other will help reduce the isolation which is a major contributing factor to depression. We need to support our brothers and our friends in their tough times, listening to their problems and giving the right advice or direction which will help them cope with any other challenges in life. And building relationships means having people you can turn to, for company and support which can provide a purpose to each other and this will serve a buffer against depression, disability, hardship, and loss.
Remember friendship is a two-way street and the “give” side of the give-and-take contributes to your own self-worth. Being there for your friends makes you feel needed and adds purpose to your life. The values and the benefits of having strong relationships will make our Order strong. Building friendships or relationships is the simple bridge to true brotherhood not only in words but in deeds.
When there is a relationship, ideas will make sense, but when there is no relationship, it will only become a world of debate. If we continue to develop relationships our friends will join us and no brother or friend will leave us. No brother knights will join to another organization. It is our duty to protect our brothers and our friends.
When caring and harmony is lost, it will be hard for us to recover them; they might be gone forever.
Marte Clemente Marquez Nogot