Sunburn and Life Insurance, how can you connect them? Well thanks to my kids, I can. Yesterday I went to my paternal annual cousin’s day. We gather at my Aunt’s house on the lake near Chisago city. I told my kids to put on sunscreen before hitting the water. Nope, they are smarter than good old Dad. Well I now have three kids look like lobsters. Sound advice given and now after the damage is done, that advice makes sense. But what confuses me…. this has happened before, and before and before. This is not the first time they have refused to listen and then get burned.
The same thing happens with life insurance. We know we need it (the sunblock), your agent says that you need it (the advice), the refusal and then the pain of the burn. You suddenly need it. But there is nothing you can do with the pain (the new price). Your health has changed, you have gotten a decade or two older. I did not think I needed life insurance beyond this age, etc, etc, etc… Brothers your permanent life insurance is the a lifetime sunblock that will never fail you. Everyone needs it. We are all going to die, we just don’t know the day nor the hour. Too often I get a phone call from Brother Knights who have received bad news from the Doctor and then want life insurance. Don’t delay, put on some sunblock and buy some permanent KC life insurance. You will be thankful after a hard life in the sun.
We hear all this talk about Star council. Who cares? Well let me shed a little light on why you should care. Star Council is the easiest way to see if a council is healthy and doing the work of Fr. McGivney. So where to begin? Membership, Programs, Insurance… Well first I will start with the Insurance. Our program is by Brother Knights, For Brother Knights and their families. Are you aware that your council, just our own little council has millions of dollars of insurance. If something happens, our insured members will spouse, children, charities, the church itself will receive millions of dollars. That money is real, it allows the family to continue on. What happens when a Brother Knight dies. Well a husband has been lost. A child loses their father. Our Council loses a friend. Life Insurance suddenly becomes a real necessity. It becomes real. Consider the member who called me at the age of 85 and wants $375,000 of coverage and doesn’t want to pay premiums. He is treating life insurance like a lottery ticket. My next post. Programs.
I’ve tried writing this post five or six times. We, my Brothers, serve an AWESOME GOD! I have spend the last few days surrounded by the Holy Spirit, once again the Spirit has filled my soul and nourished me. I feel like a dixie cup at Niagra Falls. Truly my cup is runneth over. Where do I begin; my weekend started with my being involved in the Honor Guard for Archbishop Hebda’s installation. If you were there you will understand when I say the Holy Spirit filled the Cathedral. The next morning, I attended our MN annual KC council meeting (that’s what the convention is) and Fr. Perez-Cobo started the mass with Jesus Christ is Risen; we were to respond with Alleluia, Alleluia. Early on, it sounded as if we were in a fog. By the end of the mass, after being fed by Jesus with His Body and Blood, I wish you could have heard the Alleluia, Alleluia! I thought instantly of the Easter Exsultet, let these holy building shake with joy. The words of the faithful praise our God was so beautiful. Through out the day I saw old friends, meet new people, heard of the incredible works that our Order has/is and will do. Guys, it is impossible for me to write how much we serve each other, our Families, our communities. Brothers we are a force of good in this world.
I followed it up on Sunday, the Feast of Pentecost, enjoying pancakes with the best council in the state (watch out Lino Lakes, that will be another post), spending time with my family and then ending the day finally watching the movie God’s Not Dead with my wife. Again I am humbled to see how people either deny or reject this Awesome God we serve. Brothers, the Holy Spirit is alive and well within our council. We accomplish nothing without the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that we need to come into us, our families, our community and after he comes into our lives; Get out of the way and just let go and let God, let go and let Jesus, let go and let the Holy Spirit fill us like the Dixie cup at Niagara Falls.
I carry rosary with me. But I also carry a couple of other things with me, one is the Divine Mercy and the other is my love for Fr. McGivney. When it comes to Fr. McGivney I’m all in. I think that today would have been one of Fr. McGivney’s days; the Feast of the Good Shepherd. I understand Fr. McGivney. He was, is and always will be nothing but a simple parish priest. What I think makes this man more remarkable is that he listened to the Holy Spirit. He Shepherd his flock just as the Lord is the one true Shepherd of all the faithful. Fr. McGivney gave all of himself. He died from pneumonia at the early age of 38! To this day, I believe with al my heart that he is still fill his role of Shepherd. He wants to guide us to the Lord. He is here for us.
Let me share a recent story about Fr. McGivney. Marty, the Council and the staff at HNOJ had lost our rosaries that we give to the Passion Play kids. With only one day to share Marty called me and said Dave is there anything you can do, we need 125 rosaries for the kids, and 125 of the “How to pray the Rosary cards“. Marty was really concerned. I said don’t worry about it. I said I will take care of it. Before I started my quest I simply said Fr. McGivney we need your help. I can’t do this. I’m going to need your help. I made two phone calls. The first was to Home Office and ordered the rosary cards and had them FedEx overnight to Marty. Easy part done. The next call I made was to a Brother Knight who is with the Franciscans Brothers of Peace in St. Paul. I told him we, Good Samaritan Council needed 125 for the kids. He said that’s all? I thought this was going to be super hard. Not a problem; stop on by and I will have them ready for you.
I drove over to the rectory, picked them up and drove them up to Marty’s so that he had them for the next day.
Guys, what looked like an impossible task Marty, for myself or for anyone was not a challenge for Fr. McGivney. He did not take it as a challenge, he simply said anything I can do to Shepherd the children (or anyone else for that matter) to the Lord – is my delight. Thank you for asking me for my help.
Brothers, next time you need someone to carry a request to our Lord, why not ask Fr. McGivney to present it to the Lord on your behalf.
Jason, asked for some help. So I’m hoping I’m doing this right.
No one likes paying their premiums. Who wants to spend money when their is a mortgage to pay, food to put on the table, children’s education to pay for, car payments; the list goes on and on. But what is the lesson of the empty tomb! Jesus became the new covenant with God. Jesus Christ became the Paschal Lamb. It is HIS blood on the wood of the cross that paid the premium. He, Christ paid the premium for our salvation.
But what is His death without Easter? If we don’t have the empty tomb what do we have, a man who paid a price but with nothing else. There is nothing. It is the miracle of Easter, where we receive the joy. It is the miracle of Easter where we fully receive His love. It is after his death that we receive the fullness of His gift.
Brothers, I would say this…. life insurance is a gift that we give to our loved ones. It is after our death that they receive an incredible gift.