A civilization of love
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882, the same year Friedrich Nietzsche wrote his famous declaration “God is dead.” This philosophy has been extremely influential since the 20th century—a period marked by Nazi and communist barbarism. Unfortunately, it continues to hold sway in the transhumanism movement.
French Jesuit priest Henri de Lubac described the course advocated by Nietzsche and the one prescribed by Dostoevsky in the following terms: "These two men saw the path that starts with man split in two, and while one was seduced by the path that claims to lead to man becoming god, to the ‘superhuman,’ the other embarked on the path that ultimately leads to God made man."
Faced with the issues of contemporary individualism today, Paul Ricoeur’s question challenges us: “To love our neighbors as ourselves, to love our enemies: is it an absurd command, an impossible demand, a dangerous order?”
This is why the Catholic Church invites each of us to build a civilization of love.
We choose the path of giving, of generosity and embracing life over the logic of withdrawal, exclusion and death.
serving the church
“Was not this unity of vision and purpose – rooted in faith and a spirit of constant conversion and self-sacrifice – the secret of the impressive growth of the Church in this country? We need but think of the remarkable accomplishment of that exemplary American priest, the Venerable Michael McGivney, whose vision and zeal led to the establishment of the Knights of Columbus.”
Pope Benedict XVI – homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, April 19, 2008