Announcing KnightStrong.org!

Announcing KnightStrong.org!

KnightStrong.org is a website with everything needed to inspire and train Knights who seek the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. Launched at 3:00 PM CST on September 8, 2016 (The Nativity of Mary), this is a site for Knights of Columbus by Knights from the State of Wisconsin. It is designed to aid those of us in the trenches of the Church Militant to understand and train for our role in the mission of combatting evil and rescuing the souls of our loved ones, especially those who have lost the precious gift of faith.

The U.S. Army ran a very effective “Army Strong” advertising campaign to recruit soldiers. The key message was:

“There is strong, and then there is Army Strong.” The commercial goes on to say, “It is a strength like none other. It is a physical strength. It is an emotional strength. It is strength of character. It is strength of purpose. The strength to do good today, and the strength to do well tomorrow. The strength to obey, and the strength to command. The strength to build, and the strength to tear down. The strength to get yourself over, and the strength to get over yourself.”

These are warrior assets necessary to overcome the enemy. However, recall that our struggle is not against flesh and blood combatants, but against the much stronger and craftier spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm (Eph 6:11). This means it is not enough for you to possess the power of a warrior. You must discover what it means to be supernaturally empowered by God. You are to become not just Army Strong, but Knight Strong. You must know what it means to be in a state of grace. St. Ignatius of Loyola said, “Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.”

Fr. John Hardon wrote:

“St. Thomas Aquinas believed that man is more than a composite of body and soul, that his is nothing less than elevated to a supernatural order which participates, as far as a creature can, in the very nature of God. Accordingly, a person in the state of grace, or divine friendship, possesses certain enduring powers, the infused virtues and gifts, that raise him to an orbit of existence as far above nature as heaven is above earth, and that give him abilities of thought and operation that are literally born, not of the will of flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

The unfortunate reality is that the modern campaign of militant secular indoctrination has been so severe that only a dwindling remnant remains who believes or trusts in God’s supernatural power. As a result, the spiritual hearts of many are reduced to the size of a thimble, only capable of receiving a few meager drops, if any, from the wellspring of God’s graces (Rev 22:1-2). In spiritual terms, this makes us puny and scrawny rather than strong and powerful mighty warriors ready to confront the powers of darkness in the heavenly realm. With so many modernized Christians ignoring the reality of grace, it is no wonder that evil is thriving in our day.

According to Catholic evangelist Matthew Christoff, “There is a serious *man-crisis* in the Catholic Church … It is widespread and serious. Unless the Church, including its bishops, priests and lay men begin to take notice and make the evangelization of Catholic men a priority, the Catholic Church in the West will decay, as more and more men abandon the Church. … Unchecked, the exodus of Catholic men from the faith is likely to continue as men become increasingly casual about Catholicism.”

Acknowledging this dire need, Pope Benedict XVI called for initiatives that seek to awaken humanity at a critical moment in history: “In vast areas of the earth the faith risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel,” the pope warned, “We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of a religious sense which represents one of the greatest challenges for the Church today … The renewal of faith must, then, be a priority for the entire Church in our time.”

In speaking of the need for a New Evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI said, “the true problem of our times is the ‘Crisis of God,’ the absence of God, disguised by an empty religiosity” … a kind of lukewarm, going through the motions of one’s faith, which ends up collapsing completely. The terrible consequence of this war on the supernatural is seen in the epidemic of spiritual sloth in our times — hearts deadened to the Divine Life of God.

Evil is moving unabated in our times. The Knights of Columbus is a mighty force of 1.9 million men. The time is now to don the full armor of God. The time is now for us to become KNIGHT STRONG!!!

And so the purpose of this website is to find the courageous Knights in the trenches of the Church Militant who seek the basic training that is vital for awakening faith, battling evil and rescuing souls. Yes, we are being called upon to fight the mother of all wars against powerful evil spirits in the heavenly realm, but we are sure to meet our demise unless we discover these battles cannot be won without first acquiring God’s strength and mighty power:

“Draw your strength from the Lord and His mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. Our battle is not against human forces but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in regions above. You must put on the armor of God if you are to resist on the evil day; do all that your duty requires, and hold your ground”

 

Contributors

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Fr Richard Heilman

State Chaplain Wisconsin Knights of Columbus

Very Rev. Richard M. Heilman was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Madison on May 17, 1988. Father Heilman is the Wisconsin State Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus. Father Heilman is the Vicar Forane for the West Dane Vicariate. He has been a Fourth Degree Knight for more than 20 years, and he is the chaplain of two Knights of Columbus councils.

Father Heilman founded an apostolate for men’s faith formation called the Knights of Divine Mercy. Having focused his seminarian studies on spiritual direction, Father Heilman recognized a great need, early in his priesthood, to assist men in their roles as devout Catholic husbands and fathers. He is the author of the Church Militant Field Manual. He has also authored four other books, calling men to ”Special Forces Training for the Life of Christ.” He has been a guest host on Relevant Radio’s “The Inner Life” for the past ten years. He is also the author of two faith formation websites for men called, RomanCatholicMan.com and KnightStrong.org, and leads a podcast for men called, “Knight Strong Podcast.” He is a leader, with Cardinal Burke, of the Catholic men’s movement, “The Holy League.” He is the creator of the “Combat Rosary,” based on the original WWI military issue rosary. Father Heilman is an avid user of new media for faith formation. He is also the founder of the Ladies of Divine Mercy, which is an apostolate for Catholic women’s faith formation. He is the chaplain for the Holy Family Homeschoolers. He is also very involved in pro-life activities as the chaplain for Vigil for Life and the Women’s Care Center.

 

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Sam Guzman

Founder and Editor – The Catholic Gentleman

Hi, my name is Sam Guzman, and I’m the founder and editor of the Catholic Gentleman. I’m the husband of a beautiful woman and the father of three precious children. I live in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin, the beer capital of the USA (we also have pretty good cheese), and by day, I am a Marketer at Covenant Eyes.

I’m a writer and blogger, and my work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Catholic Exchange, Aleteia, Truth and Charity Forum, One Peter Five, and a number of faith based blogs. I am currently working on my first book. I’ve been a guest on EWTN, Magnificat Radio, Radio Maria and other media outlets.

Above all, I am a Catholic, and I strive to be a faithful son of the Church. My purpose in life is to be a saint. Through loving and total consecration to the Immaculate Virgin Mary, I seek to be formed into the image of Jesus Christ.

 

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Phil Kosloski

Writer for National Catholic Register and Aleteia

Lives in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. I help Catholics (and all Christians) master the art of prayer by conquering the practical obstacles that prevent a fruitful relationship with Christ. As a result, I write on discernment, discipleship, prayer and on occasion, evangelization.

I graduated from the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Catholic Studies and completed my Master of Arts degree in Theology with the Augustine Institute.

Currently, I am a regular contributor to the National Catholic Register and Aleteia. All of my articles appear at PhilipKosloski.com.

 

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Matt Korger

Founder and Editor – Badger Catholic

Lives in La Crosse, Wisconsin. A husband, father of five, Sconnie, Traditional minded Papist, covering local, state, and other issues affecting Catholic Peasants in the region. Badger Catholic.