Saturday, April 3, 2021

Oh! Happy Day! Our Easter Eggs Are Out For Delivery!

My helpers,  Kimberly (delivering one of our Easter eggs) and Catherine (taking the photo), filled and delivered 300 Easter Eggs to 300 children starting on Holy Thursday.  

Many children in the U.S. would not be impressed with one Easter Egg filled with a small toy, some candy and three coins, but the 300 island kids really appreciated them. Here is just a sample of the excitement and appreciation that our Easter eggs brought to the kids of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. 

Thursday, April 1, 2021



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This photo was taken minutes before I left home for Saint Thomas Seminary (September 1958 - age fourteen) to begin my twelve year formation program to become a priest. 

I wanted to celebrate fifty years of ministry as a priest last May, but because of COVID raging, I felt that it was better to cancel and postpone any celebration to see how things would be this year. While we are still not completely in the clear with COVID, many more people could have their vaccinations by then. So I think it might be OK to schedule a simple celebration at the Cathedral here in Louisville and a simple celebration at my home parish of Saint Theresa down in Rhodelia. We will follow the COVID safety guidelines.  I am hoping that "outside" options will be available for any receptions - if the weather cooperates. At that, they will be simple. 



May 16, 2021

9:30 am   



May 23, 2021

10:30 am


25th Anniversary Celebration at Saint Theresa Church
May 1995

Tuesday, March 30, 2021



The other day, someone told me a story about a conversation that took place a few years ago between one of the Sisters at the Benedictine Motherhouse in Ferdinand (Indiana) and one of the Brothers at Saint Meinrad Archabbey (Indiana). The Mother Superior wanted to know about the time of an upcoming funeral for one of the Fathers of the Archabbey. Whether it is true or not, this is the reported version of the conversation as it was told to me! 

"Hello, Brother! This is Sister! Mother wants to know when Father will be buried!" 

on the phone

Our Protestant brothers and sisters obviously relate to us differently! In Monticello, we used to be the only church in town with a “social service ministry.” We tried to help as many people as we could. One day the phone rang and a man told me he needed to borrow some money. When I asked him what his need was, he told me he wanted to build a carport.  I responded in a shocked voice. “A carport?” “Yes, a carport,” he answered. I then proceeded to tell him that we did indeed try to help people in need, but that we only had about $70.00 in the bank at that time. This conversation went on several minutes until he stopped me and yelled in a loud voice, "$70.00???????" “Who is this?????” I replied, “This is Father Knott at St. Peter Catholic Church!” To which he responded, “Hell, I thought this was the Monticello Bank!”
in the barber shop

One day, right after ordination when I was assigned in Somerset and while I was getting a haircut, I was quizzed by the barber. Catholics were as a rarity in that community - and priests almost unheard of!  He had never seen one, met one or heard about one. He just saw one on TV. It started when he asked, as they always did down there when a stranger came to town, "What do you do?" When I said "priest" there was a very long pause, maybe a minute of two when the next question came. "Was your father a priest too?" I answered, "Oh, I hope not!" He obviously did not understand what he was asking, much less my answer! We both let it drop. I didn't explain and so we moved on to another subject. 

Sunday, March 28, 2021



I am convinced that most people do not understand what Palm Sunday is about and I am not absolutely confident that I can explain it as well as it needs to be explained. Ill try anyway!

To understand it, I think we need to go all the way back to the beginning. Remember, Herod was so paranoid about the baby Jesus being a “newborn king” that he had all the young boys in Bethlehem slaughtered – just in case. Jesus, Mary and Joseph escaped to Egypt for a few years.

Even when Jesus came out of obscurity to begin his ministry, we read at the beginning of Lent about Jesus being tempted by the devil in the desert as he discerned what direction his ministry should take – what God’s plan was for him.

One of the temptations Jesus was offered by the devil was to take the “political power” road – to become a king. We know that, even though Jesus concluded that this was not God’s path for him, people were always trying to make him a king. Even some of his apostles thought that that option was always on the table. Remember the story where James and John tried an end run around the other twelve by asking for the two best jobs in this new kingdom they thought he was going to set up in the near future.

We will read tonight that Judas was so disappointed with Jesus over this very issue that he tried to force Jesus hand to “get on with it,” only to see it backfire. When it didn’t work, he ends up committing suicide.

All this “king talk” among the people, all the dreams about power inside his inner circle and a rising tide of paranoia among the Roman occupiers was about to explode when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.

When Jesus and his band arrived in Jerusalem, the streets were clogged with religious pilgrims from everywhere. The air was full of tension. Jesus’ own popularity had reached a fever pitch, the religious leaders’ jealousy had reached the boiling point and the government’s worry had become paranoid. Everybody in authority, as well as Jesus, seemed to know that this trip smacked of a show down. Jerusalem was indeed tense when Jesus arrived for the Passover - something big was about to happen.

It was in this tense situation that Jesus came riding into the city, not quietly, but with total fanfare. Everybody noticed. This triumphant entry into Jerusalem was not some harmless little passion play. It was a deliberate move with dark possibilities. Everybody knew that the very presence of Jesus in Jerusalem at Passover could set off a riot.

‘When the great crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet him, throwing their coats on the road.’

Palm waving and the throwing of coats on the road were not just a nice gesture of welcome, spontaneously invented for this particular occasion. These gestures had major political overtones. In the past, when kings arrived to ascend their thrones, people threw coats on the road. Palm waving was a symbol of Jewish nationalism, synonymous with waving a rebel flag. Many in the crowds wanted a Jewish Messiah-King who would overthrow the hated Roman occupation and they thought Jesus could fit the bill. Even though Jesus had fought off several efforts of this kind, the crowds knew what kind of Messiah they wanted. They wanted a powerful revolutionary.

In response to the people’s misguided reception of him as a political, David-like, Messiah, Jesus deliberately came into the city on the back of a jackass, a pack animal. It was a powerful counter statement that simply went over the heads of the crowds. While they waved palms and chanted nationalistic slogans, by this action Jesus said, “No! I’m not the kind of king you imagine! My power is a spiritual power, not a political power!”

This “temptation,” the temptation to become a powerful political leader, had been proposed by Satan at the beginning of his ministry. The gospel tells us that Satan left him to wait for another occasion. It had been proposed to him, on various occasions, throughout his teaching days. Here it was again! Satan, in various guises, never gave up, even at the end. Jesus, consistent in his refusal, remained faithful to his call as a humble, peaceful, spiritual messiah to the end.

Throughout history, the church has sadly from time to time given into the temptation to choose aligning with political power as a means to its goals, always with disastrous results. Again, in our own time, not convinced of the real effectiveness of spiritual power, some Christian communities have fallen for the temptation to take the short cut to achieve its mission by courting political power. What is their rational? It seems that they believe that if people won’t choose to be good, they need to be made to be good! Palm Sunday has a lot to teach the church, even today! My friends, our power is not a political power. It’s even more powerful than political power. It’s a spiritual power! Pope John Paul II had no armies, but he helped bring down communism just by his preaching and presence. That’s spiritual power! Pope Francis has no real political power, except in a one-square mile of ground inside the walls of the Vatican, but he has tremendous spiritual power. That is the real source of our power as well – the power that comes from authentic Christian living.