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  Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting


December 27, 2017

Rosary at 6:45 - Meeting 7:00

Merry Christmas!!  I would like to share a Christmas story with you that I recently came across.  It is my belief that human beings are inherently good due to the fact that we are created in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.  We are not born with feelings of greed and selfish desires.  Most people are naturally inclined to feel love and compassion for others, and this is the case unless something  unnatural or negative occurs and disrupts a person’s life.  Humans are born craving love and positive contact with one another.  I believe this story displays the positive qualities of the human spirit.

It was December 25th, 1941, only 5 months into WW1.  German, British, and French soldiers, already sick and tired of the senseless killing, disobeyed their superiors and fraternized with “the enemy” along two-thirds of the Western Front (a crime punishable by death in times of war.)  German troops held Christmas trees up out of the trenches with signs, “Merry Christmas.”

“You no shoot, we no shoot.”  Thousands of troops streamed across no-man’s land strewn with rooting corpses.  They sang Christmas carols, exchanged photographs of loved ones back home, shared rations, played football, and even roasted some pigs.  Soldiers embraced men they had been trying to kill a few short hours before.  They agreed to warn each other if the top brass forced them to fire their weapons, and to aim high.

A shudder ran through the high command on either side.  Here was disaster in the making: soldiers declaring their brotherhood with each other and refusing to fight.  Generals on both sides declared this spontaneous peacemaking to be treasonous and subject to court martial.  By March 1915 the fraternization movement had been eradicated and the killing commenced.  By the time of the armistice in 1918, fifteen million would be slaughtered.  

Not many people have the story of the Christmas Truce.  On Christmas Day 1988, a story in the Boston Globe mentioned that a local FM radio host played “Christmas In The Trenches,” a ballad about the Christmas Truce, several times and was startled by the effect.  The song became the most requested recording during the holidays in Boston on several FM stations.  “Even more startling than the number of requests I get is the reaction to the ballad afterward by callers who hadn’t heard it before,” said the radio host.  “They telephone me deeply moved, sometimes in tears, asking, ‘what the heck did I just hear?”

The Christmas Truce story reminds us that we can make this world a better place if we are able to set aside our petty differences. 

“Walking Rosary”   I recently received an email from Fr. Korte about something new he would like to start with council 1233.  Here is an excerpt I will share with you from his email.  “We will be starting a new tradition in our council.  We are going to provide what is called a “Walking Rosary” for our deceased members.  This will call for us to honor any and all Knights of Columbus at their wake service.  I believe we have a sacred duty to do this by virtue of the marks of our order: Unity, Fraternity and Charity.  It is a holy thing to pray for the dead…and honoring a fellow knight by coming to the wake service and leading the Rosary will constitute a wonderful act of Charity: a corporal work of mercy…to pray for the dead.  It will show our unity and our brotherhood. “  

Scott Hahan’s new book “Joy to the World”   I hope you were able to get a copy of this book that members of council 1233 recently handed out after the Christmas masses.  Handing out copies of this book is only one example of charitable things the Knights of Columbus do.  The money collected  from our annual dues allows us to hand these books out free of charge.

Grand Knight……Carly Christensen