Our wildlife encounters recently ranged from snakes, mice, fawns, and baby birds to lizards and tree frogs vying for the best prayerful locations in our Chapel and Oratories. But our cartoon this week refers to our latest insect-reducing friends: bats. And more especially, it involves our ongoing relations with the Knights of Columbus, highlighting just one of the many times a Knight has come to our rescue.
We thought we had a few bats fastidiously cleaning their roosts of guano. It turned out to be something of a small colony. We like bats. They eat bugs. They are so ugly they are cute. We welcome them. We can even admire their careful avoidance of dropping their deposits on the decks and aiming instead for the parking area immediately outside our Mass Chapel. This targeting, and their good aim, forced a relocation of their siesta spot. Enter a Knight of Columbus, stopping by for some brief corporal works of mercy on the grounds, expecting a fast clean up over and done with by Mass time. Using a hose, he loosed some snoozing bats only to find several dozen soaked bats flying out of their cozy spot.
Mother, on the prie-dieu at the time, wondered at the sound of a sudden rainstorm or bursting plumbing and opened the door to investigate only to meet a hail of water and a cloud of very, very, wet bats. They did not enter Chapel for adoration. Our Knight then gently and carefully scooped up each one needing assistance and carried it to a safe location where it could dry off. Although everything was dripping, including our valiant Knight, the operation was complete in time for a peaceful Mass. Once again, as it often happens, the Knights came through. Mass, the celebration of the Eucharist (Thanksgiving), was the perfect way to voice our thanks.
We gladly add our prayerful support to all the endeavors of the Knights of Columbus everywhere, particularly this year in the Strengthening Our Parish Home program in Tennessee.