Being a Knight requires a commitment to practicing aspects of Charity, Unity and Fraternity as guided by our faith. Information and training on spiritual development of our faith can be found on our K of C Supreme website under the 'KNOW YOUR FAITH'
section (link below). As my memory wanes I find these topics to be helpful refreshers.
Also helpful are monthly get together's with other parishioners at the 'Men's Spirituality' meetings, held every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 PM in our church at St Joseph's. A number of the participants at these meetings are Knights, and we take the opportunity at these meetings to discuss and reflect on spiritual readings (IE. Richard Rohr, Ann Spangler & Robert Wolgemuth and the Bible) to give us deeper insights to practicing our faith. More recently we took a trip to hear Matthew Kelly speak at his 'Passion and Purpose' seminar (see picture below). Author of 'Rediscover Catholicism', the 'Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic' and shaper of the web site DynamicCatholic.com, Mathew Kelly gave an inspiring talk on the '7 Pillars' of Catholic spirituality.
One of those pillars, 'Daily Prayer',
was of particularly interest to me. Matthew cites that only about 7% of Catholics participate in daily prayer. I was among the 93% because (1) I could hardly find the time, (2) prayer is difficult and (3) prayer is particular difficult when you don't know where to start. Regarding point 1, in truth it is more the case I can be undisciplined at times, which I resolve to fix in the new year. On the 2nd point, prayer is most difficult because we come face-to-face with ourselves, face-to-face with God and face-to-face with the person who God wants us to be ... which I certainly find difficult and challenging from time to time. Finally, point 3, in all candor I did not really know how to pray. So I find Matthews recommendations for prayer below to be immensely helpful.
QUOTE Matthew Kelly
This prayer is a game changer for you spiritually, and a game changer for every aspect of your life. If every Catholic in America prayed in this way for a few minutes each day the Church would be on the fast track to renewal.
I promise if you apply yourself to this practice of prayer it will change your life, and it will not take one hundred years for you to realize it. Commit yourself to the Prayer Process for ten minutes each day for thirty days, and by the end of the thirty days I am confident you will be convinced.
But don’t take my word for it. Whether you start with one minute a day or go straight to the full ten minutes, use the Prayer Process every day for thirty days. If you do, I think you will very quickly be convinced of its power.
Here is the process in its simplest form:
- Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.
- Awareness: Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-yourself. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.
- Significant Moments: identify something you experienced today and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).
- Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.
- Freedom: Speak with God about how he is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.
- Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.
- Finish by praying the Our Father.
Listen to more detailed discussion of this daily prayer at link below. The audio clip runs about 20 minutes. It begins with a New Years greeting and then about 1 minute later gets into the DAILY PRAYER TOPIC
, so stay with it ...
I hope, and pray, you find this helpful too.