“Blessed is the man…,” the Psalm begins as it describes the rewards a man of beatitude receives. His “delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Ps. 1:2-3).
Reading these verses, we might easily call to mind the Knights of the Columbus. This passage illuminates what makes their apostolate so effective. They are men who meditate on the Word of God day and night; they have planted themselves by the streams of grace which the Church offers in her Sacraments and Sacred Scripture. They understand that to yield fruit and have leaves that do not wither requires a deep root system in Jesus Christ and prayer.
The daily devotion book, Knights to Christ, is a wonderful Scripture-based resource for those seeking Christ. Before we can serve others we always need to go to the source of Living Water first (cf. Jn. 7:38). If we do not, our work will not bear the fruit Christ desires. The Knights of Columbus motto emphasizes this well: “in service to One, in service to all.”
I am grateful to my brother Knights for the new edition of this work and for their diligent effort in making it even more available through the multiple translations and eBook format. May it continue to be a source of spiritual nourishment for all who use it so that they prosper in all they do and bear abundant apostolic fruit.
Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, S.T.L.
Archbishop of Denver