IACK President Easter 2024 Message

I want to reach out to you and your family to wish you all a happy and peaceful Easter. Every part of the world has its unique style and culture to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, but as Catholics, it is reassuring that we all follow the same practice for Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. As Catholics, we agree that this is the greatest feast day in the Church’s calendar.

We are sharing an Easter Message from the President of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights (IACK) Brother Brendan McCann.

Easter Message 2024

Dear Brothers,

I want to reach out to you and your family to wish you all a happy and peaceful Easter. Every part of the world has its unique style and culture to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, but as Catholics, it is reassuring that we all follow the same practice for Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. As Catholics, we agree that this is the greatest feast day in the Church’s calendar. We celebrate that Jesus overcame death, not just to demonstrate that he could, but to fulfil the prophecy that he would rebuild the destroyed temple in only three days. For the latter, he was scoffed and mocked; as we know, it took many decades to build the temple of stone. Jesus was referring to himself as a temple, his own mortal body. He would sacrifice himself at great personal pain for our sakes. For this, we celebrate Easter when Christ overcame death to take away our sins.

It’s been more than 2,000 years since the resurrection. I would like to use a quote, not a biblical quote but one from Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Just as Jesus was mocked and killed for the one true faith, many Christians are mocked and sometimes killed for their faith today. Persecution is still with us; it comes in many forms: government restrictions, peer pressure, and the temptation to join with secular traditions that believe in nothing but the betterment of oneself. That is not the way of the Knights, no matter what country you come from. Every week we hear about priests or other religious groups being murdered for their faith, as well as churches being destroyed; much of this is not reported in our domestic media. But through Vatican media and other reputable news outlets, one can see the attacks our faith comes under. According to the Pew Research Centre, Christianity is currently the most persecuted religion in the world.

As knights, we put our faith into action by feeding the hungry, protecting the marginalized, and standing up for many other social justice issues like Pro-life. The faith in our respective countries has become richer because of our vocation to the Church’s teachings, which has become our moral compass.

Being Catholic can have its difficulties, but the reward of eternal life should be our motivation to overcome any impediments. Jesus has told us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” He is God’s reveller; that is, he reveals the truth, and he is the source of all truth. As God’s disciples, we are to speak the truth, walk in the truth, and believe in the truth. Christ embodied the truth.

Keep the faith, Brothers, and spread the faith. God willing, when we meet next, we can share our experiences. Be the light of your community, and may your example inspire others, especially at this time.

Fraternally,

Brendan McCann, President
International Alliance of Catholic Knights

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