State Deputy, Brad Grill, Says . . . .
“Do Small Things With Great Love”
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, one of the great lights of the 20th century, was beatified in 2003. As a model of holiness, she sets an example of true charity for the whole world. As we prepare for our Annual State Convention, it is a good time to reflect on what our membership in the Knights of Columbus means to each of us in our daily lives. As the Blessed Mother Teresa stated, “Do small things with great love” I submit that being a Knight is not valued upon great and glorious acts, but is really all of the little things, the small things, that each Brother Knight does on a regular and daily basis with great love to provide a helping hand and charitable acts to those who we come in contact with. Together, all our small charitable acts done with great love brings about a unity of purpose and a strengthening of our Order as we take on the challenges of the future. From the ever expanding “Meet Life” Campaign, to the ongoing and prospering Religious Information Bureau, to the expansion of the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, the list goes on and on. Each day the baby bottle filled with change gathered by one Knight in unity with many Brother Knights adds up to thousands of babies being saved from the fate of abortion. R.I.B. contributions of many Brother Knights together proclaims that as an Order we wish to evangelize the faith through the numerous publications supported by our general membership. The helping hand to a senior citizen, the support of the developmentally disabled, laboring with Habitat for Humanity, the Wheelchair Mission, the Prison Mission, etc., all together are making a big difference throughout the State of Missouri and all of our communities. We have much to be proud of, but there is a great deal yet to be accomplished.
As we join together at our Annual State Convention, let us rededicate ourselves to the principals of our Order and consider what our membership means to us individually and how we can improve ourselves as Catholic men, husbands and fathers as we do small things with great love.
One of the most important efforts we can make in strengthening our Order is to foster new membership. With this in mind, I ask each Knight of Columbus across our great state to commit to asking at least one man to join us. As our Order grows, our efforts will expand in service to our Church, Order and Community. God bless all our Brother Knights and Families.