July 11, 2020

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Fr. McGivney inspires Outreach Programs in Bohol -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Remembering Father McGivney 127 years later -

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Father McGivney Office – PH visits hospitals in Manila -

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cause of Venerable Fr. McGivney introduced among Singles for Christ members -

Monday, April 17, 2017

Parish promotions of the Cause of K of C founder begins -

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Father McGivney Office – Philippines supports #ActPH -

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The K of C as agents of communion -

Monday, April 3, 2017

What Makes A Miracle? -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Remembering the Saints and our departed loved ones -

Monday, November 7, 2016

Supreme Knight’s Report Highlights Order’s Charity -

Monday, August 15, 2016

Filipino youth promote Fr. McGivney’s sainthood bid during WYD in Poland -

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Father McGivney’s Cause promoted at the 51st IEC -

Monday, February 1, 2016

Knights support Eucharistic congress in the Philippines -

Monday, January 25, 2016

Fr. McGivney’s Cause promoted over Catholic Radio -

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Knights of Columbus Priest-Scholars vow to promote Cause of Fr. McGivney -

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Father McGivney feeding program for the poor kicks-off -

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Working Toward Recovery -

Friday, September 5, 2014

The story of Father McGivney, extraordinary priest -

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rebuilding lives in typhoon-hit Central Philippines -

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prayer for the Canonization of Fr. McGivney to be recited as the opening prayer in all council meetings and activities in Luzon State -

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mercy and Compassion

POPE Francis is coming on January 15-19, 2014. The Philippines already had three papal visits: the first was in 1971 by Pope Paul VI who is now Blessed; the second in 1981 by Pope John Paul II who is now Saint; and the third in 1995 during the World Youth Day again by Pope John Paul II.

All those papal visits were very memorable. They are etched rather deeply in the hearts of most Filipinos. During the World Youth Day in 1995, media dubbed the event “an excess of success” when it gathered over five million people at the Luneta. That was the biggest gathering in history in one place for one event. The pope mobile could not penetrate the thick swarming of millions. John Paul had to be airlifted by helicopter right to the makeshift altar.

But this forthcoming visit is another story. Pope Francis is going to meet and eat with the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. He is going to meet families and have a heart-to-heart talk with the youth. He is bringing a simple message: “mercy and compassion”. According to the Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, “Our compassionate shepherd comes to show his deep concern for our people who have gone through devastating calamities, especially in the Visayas. He comes to confirm us in our faith as we face the challenges of witnessing to the Joy of the Gospel in the midst of our trials.”

He is coming with a down-to-earth description of the Church. Like he told the bishops during the recent Synod on the Family: the Church “is the vineyard of the Lord, the fertile Mother and caring Teacher who is not afraid to roll up her sleeves to pour oil and wine on people’s wound…has the doors wide open to receive the needy, the penitent…is not ashamed of the fallen brother…but on the contrary feels involved and almost obliged to lift him up and to encourage him to take up the journey again…”

Come to think of it, “mercy and compassion” was the “theme” of Fr. Michael J. McGivney when he started gathering the destitute migrants in New Haven. He formed them to be able to stand up and respond even to the social demands of their faith. This, too, was Fr. McGivney’s simple description of the Church when he started introducing his fledgling group to surrounding parishes and, eventually, dioceses.

This, too, is the call for every member of the Order of the Knights of Columbus. The vocation to fraternity which is not only about fellowship is actually a call to charity where it is supposed to be fundamentally founded. It is about being merciful and compassionate to everyone, especially the poor—the last and the least. We have been doing this. But we need to do it more.

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