Chaplain’s Message

Solemn Feasts:

Dear Knights:
This month our country celebrates one of her most treasured holidays, Independence Day. The Fourth of July is honored as a day of our independence as a free nation. Our nation for nearly two and a half centuries has understood this independence as freedom from oppression, not independence from God, and one another. This independence from oppression and tyranny was recognized to be ‘under God.’ It is only in recent decades that there has been a separation of independence from God.
We as faithful Christians know that we are completely and utterly dependent on Almighty God, and that independence and freedom are found in submitting our will to the holy will of the Lord. We find liberation from the true Liberator, Jesus Christ, the Lord. To find true independence, we must acknowledge our dependence and allegiance on the Lord God. Saint James describes liberty by saying, “he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing” (James 1:25). Independence is to do the holy will of the Lord, and we must commit ourselves to do what we proclaim in mass, to do what is “right and just.” (Third Roman Missal, Preface).

When it comes to God, we are utterly dependent on His grace. When it comes to our neighbor, we are interdependent. We need each other, as Saint Paul says, “we are all members of (Christ’s) body.” (Eph 5:30). As my first-grade teacher, Sister Marie Clair, told me before she died, ‘William, we need to pray for everyone.’ As we pray for our country and its independence from the oppression of sin in all its ugly forms, we turn our hearts to God to say, ‘Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have redeemed the world.’ (Stations of the Cross) May you and your families have a Blessed and Happy Independence Day. Happy 4th of July!
Grace & Peace!

Fr. Will Rev. William Wuenschel Chaplain (From June. 2021 Olive Branch)
Vivat Jesus!

SK William Romig

PGK, Community Director