On Monday, April 11, I had the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis and discuss the good work being done by Knights of Columbus in response to the war. I also presented to him an Easter basket, representative of the 10,000 Easter care packages that have been assembled by Polish Knights and delivered to the suffering people of Ukraine to help them celebrate Easter. The Holy Father was moved by this expression of Christian charity and by all the good works made possible by the Order’s Ukraine Solidarity Fund. At the conclusion of the audience, Pope Francis emphatically expressed his appreciation, saying “Go on! Go on! Go on!” while making a gesture of a heart open to others.
My brother Knights, the Holy Father’s message to “Go on!” with an open heart is as much for you as it is for me. And “Go on!” we will, undeterred by the spiritual battle which rages around us and our families. “Evil has its hour — but God will have His day!”
On behalf of all the Supreme Officers with whom I am privileged to serve and lead the Order, I wish you and your loved ones every grace and blessing this Easter. Let us rejoice in our Risen Savior, and renew our commitment to radiate His love into a world more in need of it than ever.
Patrick E. Kelly