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Facts about @kofc_official ⚔️🇻🇦
1) It all started when a parish priest wanted to help Catholic families.
The year was 1882 and anti-Catholic sentiment was running high. Catholic immigrants faced hostility and were thrown into dangerous work conditions which could cause early deaths. So 29-year-old Father Michael McGivney gathered the men of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., to establish a lay organization. The goal? To unite men of Catholic faith and provide for the families of deceased members.
2) The Knights stood up to ISIS. The Order produced a 280-page report detailing the genocide against Christians by ISIS, which was decisive in getting the genocide recognized by the U.S. State Department.
3) The Knights are saving a Christian town in Iraq that was desecrated by ISIS. They are raising $2 million to save Karamles, a town recently liberated from ISIS.
4) K of C has donated $1.62 billion (yes, billion!) to charitable causes over the past decade.
As of December 2017!
5) At the peak of the Ku Klux Klan’s power, the K of C stood as its most vigorous opponent. In one incident in 1924, hooded Klansmen abducted, severely beat and mutilated Father John Conoley in Gainesville, Fla. Knights armed with shotguns stood in the windows of the rectory, protecting another priest and the church itself from the Klan’s threats to burn it.
6) The Knights are on a mission to save 1 million lives. Little is more moving than seeing an image of a baby growing in the womb. Since 2009, the Knights have funded 900+ ultrasound machines at pregnancy care centers in all 50 states.
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The Catholic community was a minority in New Haven, Conn., where Fr. McGivney served as a parish priest. American Catholics at the time were building the social structures that would later cause them to become one of the most important Catholic communities in the world.
“Waves of Irish immigrants swelled the Catholic population in northeastern cities like New Haven, and waves of anti-Catholic sentiment greeted them,” said Kevin Coyne, professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism, who is currently writing a book on the history of the Knights of Columbus.
Fr. McGivney founded the Knight of Columbus in 1882. The organization saved numerous families from poverty and endured difficult times in the face of anti-Catholic discrimination. No wonder that the first Catholic candidate to the presidency of the United States, Al Smith, was a knight. And no wonder that the first Catholic president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was a knight as well.
Fr. McGivney had expressed the wish to become a priest when he was 13, but it took him three years to convince his father. After having worked for three years in a factory, his father gave finally his consent. The young man joined a Jesuit seminary in Canada.
One year later, his father died. McGivney’s family would not have been able to afford the expense for another year of seminary, except that his local bishop paid the rest of his education. The future priest moved from the Jesuit seminary to “a seminary where he would become the kind of parish priest the diocese needed,” recounted Coyne.
“Father McGivney’s vision had prepared the Knights of Columbus to fully embrace the reinvigoration of the role of the laity in life of the Church in the Second Vatican Council and in the subsequent pontificates of St. John Paul II, and Popes Benedict XVI and Francis,” Anderson said.
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WE DID IT! 🙏❤
Because whoever has God in first place will never be disappointed and His promises will be fulfilled. In recent days we received the news that we have waited for so long: I already have an appointment for my operation! It’s soooo soon: JANUARY 28, 2019, and I have to travel with my parents to the Shriners Hospital for Children in the US (specifically in Shreveport, Louisiana); the costs of my treatment are covered but the stay, meals and air tickets are at our expense. Now more than ever I need many generous hearts to join my cause in order to achieve it. THE MIRACLE IS NEAR! (If you want to make a contribution click on the link of @unmilagroparaamaia)
Vía her mom: @natyleona 🙏❤️
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What are you Thankful for? Thank you @abcnews for sharing this story of compassion.
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God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them: “Give to him who begs from you, do not refuse him who would borrow from you”; “you received without pay, give without pay.” It is by what they have done for the poor that Jesus Christ will recognize his chosen ones. When “the poor have the good news preached to them,” it is the sign of Christ’s presence.
“The Church’s love for the poor … is a part of her constant tradition.” This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor. Love for the poor is even one of the motives for the duty of working so as to “be able to give to those in need.” It extends not only to material poverty but also to the many forms of cultural and religious poverty.
Beginning with the Old Testament, all kinds of juridical measures (the jubilee year of forgiveness of debts, prohibition of loans at interest and the keeping of collateral, the obligation to tithe, the daily payment of the day-laborer, the right to glean vines and fields) answer the exhortation of Deuteronomy: “For the poor will never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor in the land.’” Jesus makes these words his own: “The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” In so doing he does not soften the vehemence of former oracles against “buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals …,” but invites us to recognize his own presence in the poor who are his brethren.
When her mother reproached her for caring for the poor and the sick at home, St. Rose of Lima said to her: “When we serve the poor and the sick, we serve Jesus. We must not fail to help our neighbors, because in them we serve Jesus.
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They saw a lady paying for her gas with pennies and he gave her some money. Not knowing she had just lost her husband and was having a tough time. WE NEED MORE OF THESE HEROES!
“God has no need of your money, but the poor have. You give it to the poor, and God receives it.” -Saint Augustine
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“I’ve come to you in humbleness and humility, asking that you may pray for my very devout, life-long Catholic mother, Geri Garcia. She’s been a hard-labor working woman all 59 years of her life, until this Summer when she had multiple strokes & improper treatment, followed by a very unexpected, life-threatening brain hemorrhage that had doctors telling us to to firstly, expect that she wouldn’t make it, and if she did live, to start thinking about making the life-or-death decision because she could very well be in a vegetative state permanently. We’d never choose death, being the deeply religious family that she raise me & my 5 siblings to be. While we were so hopeful for my Mom’s life, we still had the spiritual maturity to be content with whatever God’s will would be.
She ended up pulling through the emergency surgery that involved removing half her skull & it has taught us so many good things. While her mental & physical abilities have been severely diminished, her core spirit, fright, and unshakable Catholic faith remains & we’re forever thankful to have our mom for many more years. I ask if you could pray and share this #GoFundMe for the payment of her medical expenses & home renovations at my brothers home for her permanent residence. Nothing keeps my mom from getting to church. Priorities.”
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2017 was a record-setting year for Knights of Columbus charitable work with an unprecedented $185.6 million in donations and 75.6 million hours of service provided worldwide. Follow @collegekofc 🕊🇻🇦
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