you, loving like you. It means letting you take possession of my life to change it,
transform it and free it from the darkness of evil and sin.”
This is the goal of our daily lives. We intensify this daily effort during the season
of Lent. For forty days we intensify our focus on efforts to be like Jesus. To be a
Christian means to be “Christ-like,” an “Altus Christus,” aka,“Another Christ.”
The challenge for all is not “to be” a Christian. Rather the challenge is “how to
be” a Christian. There are many who claim or support a Christian“WAY” of life. They
can be Congregational, Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, etc. We chose to be Roman
Catholic. Also, we chose to live as brother knights. This choice helps us in our attempts
at “how to be” a Christian, a Roman Catholic.
Our council has specific activities, which support us in our efforts at “how to be” a
Christian. These activities are religious, e.g., Marian Devotion, Right to Life Activities,
Monthly Meetings, Donated Services given to the community and in the parish, visiting
the in-firmed and the grieving, etc. Christ encourages us to be active when he says that,
“when you give a glass of water in my name, you will receive a blessing.” We do all this
so that we can “be in Christ.”
There are many things our society needs, such as, the end of wars, end of poverty,
medical care for all, better education, good paying employment, eradication of drug
addiction, curing of disease, etc.
These are all very important needs. But added to this list is the need for good
Christians in our society. Our society needs Christian role models. These role models
do not need to “registered” Christians. They may not be of the Christian faith. But, their
behaviors and life styles indicate that they are “in Christ.” They are people who are
Christ-like. Like many of you I see this “Christ-like” actions in the lives of many people.
They are people of all ages, all creeds, all nations, male or female, all economic levels,
etc., who live as Jesus teaches, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
This Christ-like life happens in the class room, the hospital ward, the prison cell,
the market place, the family, facilities for the aged and in-firmed, entertainment/artistic
During this season of Lent/Easter, let us pray for a renewal of strength and
enthusiasm for a Christ-like life. We pray also, that more people will follow and listen to
the teachings of Christ as conveyed by the Roman Catholic Church/Community.
Let us not forget to pray for those who are suffering from physical and mental
illnesses. Lets us pray for those who suffer from poverty, denial of human rights, lack of
a decent job, for an end to abortion, etc.
Rev Bernard J Campbell OFM, Cap.