Hello My Brothers and Friends!
Today is September 11th, now 18 years past the fateful terrorist attack within the borders of the United States of America. Many articles written today speak to the healing that has occurred, and I would like to share with you this inspiring article, “An unsung hero of the 9/11 recovery: The Muslim engineer who rebuilt the Pentagon crash site as a chapel”, from the Washington Post.
The article describes the work done after 9/11 to build a chapel for all military members serving the United States, literally out of the ashes of destruction. As an American Catholic member of the Knights Of Columbus, it is particularly encouraging that our US armed forces embody a true sense of fraternity, regardless of ethnic background, race, age or sex. It is aspirational that the US armed services have chapels at every base, shared by numerous religious beliefs, to ensure every individual’s right to practice their religious beliefs free from persecution. As a note of trivia, I was baptized at a base chapel, where my wife was actively serving in the US Air Force.
And our supreme pontiff Pope Francis said on August 26th, that though “evil, hatred and division often make news, there is a hidden sea of goodness that is growing and leads us to hope in dialogue, reciprocal knowledge and the possibility of building, together with the followers of other religions and all men and women of good will, a world of fraternity and peace.”
It is wonderful to see the Catholic faith spread through a unified message of acceptance. As we know from the history of our own Knights of Columbus, only a few generations back, we Catholics were feeling the the effects of religious segregation and discrimination. Like the great acts of our founding member, Fr Michael J. McGivney, these articles show how the spirit is capable of overcoming evil through faith and fraternity.
Please do consider signing up for an upcoming volunteer opportunity, such as the CPO food drive this weekend, the Adopt-a-Highway cleanup next weekend, the monthly outreach at Apex Brookridge assisted living facility and the monthly meals service at the Wilmington St homeless shelter. Sign-ups are included in this email and on the KofC event calendar, volunteering is open to council members, their family, and friends in our parish and community.
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Father H. Charles Mulholland Council
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