Enrollment in the “Knights at the Foot of the Cross

Tomorrow, May 13th I will be officially enrolled in the “Knights at the Foot of the Cross.” What is that, you ask? Well…

“THE KNIGHTS AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS (KFC) is an outreach within the MI movement, comprised of Catholics afflicted by the cross of suffering – physical, spiritual or emotional. As MI members, KFCs consecrate themselves to Mary. As did Mary at the Cross of her Son, they also participate in “redemptive suffering” (also called sacrificial or reparational suffering). This means they offer some of their daily prayers and trials to Jesus and Mary, who apply these gifts where grace is needed most, such as to convert hearts and save souls, to make amends for the sins of others, and ultimately to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

I have long been considering enrolling; having been a member of the M.I. since 7 Oct 2002, I’ve long had “a feeling” that with age will come eventual enrollment in the KFC. Most times I didn’t consider myself sufficiently “suffering” enough to enroll, but I’ve changed my mind. I am 56, and have considerable ailements that will only get worse as the years progress. Why not make the most of it and use those “aches and pains” (arthritis, bursitis, bone spurs/calcified deposits in my feet, onset of degenerative osteoarthritis in my left knee – makes nice snappy noises when I bend it, respiratory issues – asthma and I’m on overnight 02 – and as soon as my pulmonologist gets the insurance approval, I’ll be going for an overnight sleep study to see if I need a CPAP, and may as well include alcoholism. Yes, I’ve been sober for almost 17 years, but it’s still an emotional suffering) in redemptive and reparational suffering.

When you enroll in either the M.I. or KFC, you select a Marian feast day for the consecration. I picked May 13th as it’s the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. One prayer Our Lady taught the seers is:

Oh my Jesus,
it is for love of Thee,
in reparation for the offenses committed
against the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
and for the conversion of poor sinners.
Amen
.

You say that prayer whenever you have to “offer up” something: be it a physical or mental pain, or anything that others are doing to you and so forth. In essence, all the daily trials and tribulations that go into forming the crosses we have to bear as Christians.

One of the unique aspects of Catholic Christianity is that it values suffering and finds meaning in it. Rather than something to shun and run away from or to “medicate” with drugs and alcohol, suffering has a value that is immense in the spiritual world. When we offer up our sufferings we participate in Christ’s salvific act on Calvary. To quote St. Paul in his letter to the Colossians:

Col 1:24 “For now I rejoice in my passion on your behalf, and I complete in my flesh the things that are lacking in the Passion of Christ, for the sake of his body, which is the Church.”

Courtesy: Sacred Bible: Catholic Public Domain Version

So, I’ll be going to Mass tomorrow morning followed by an hour before the Blessed Sacrament (I’m picking up and Hour for someone who can’t be there.) and I’ll say my moring prayers there, including the Consecration Prayer of the KFC.

Knights at the Foot of the Cross Consecration Prayer
O IMMACULATA, queen of heaven and earth, health of the sick, and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. You stood at the foot of the Cross, uniting your self with the sufferings of Jesus, and so you became for all the Church a model of compassion.

I, (name), a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my daily sufferings and crosses, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you.

If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: “She will crush your head, and “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world.” Through my prayers and sufferings, let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help, to extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, 0 Sacred Virgin.

R. Give me strength against your enemies.

Prayer of KFC Consecration Daily Renewal Prayer
IMMACULATA, Mother of the Church, I renew my self-consecration to you as a “Knight at the Foot of the Cross.” I desire to magnify the Lord with you this day in a special way by offering you my sufferings. Joined with you in faith at the foot of Christ’s Cross, may I ever be an unselfish instrument for the spread of the Militia of the Immaculata movement and the growth of the Church. Amen.

0 MARY conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

All Knight at the Foot of the Cross and Militia of the Immaculata information, including the KFC prayers are courtesy: Mititia of the Immaculata It takes you to the KFC page in the M.I. site; you can go off exploring from there. I also have a lot of links on the M.I. and St. Maximilian Kolbe along the sidebar.

Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics" and "The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts" (Thank you!!)

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