Tale of Two Fathers | Silence 6

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The Battle Within During the three-plus years of the Fathers of St. Joseph’s existence, men have repeatedly confided that they feel as though they don’t measure up to the “other guys,” who appear to have it all together. Several men have confessed that they have felt intimidated, inadequate, and tempted to stop attending the FOSJ gatherings because they see themselves …

SHOW US THE FATHER | Silence Part 5

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Show Us the Father I remember reading somewhere an account of St. Francis de Sales having a conversation with a young, overly confident, idealistic man who was bent on worldly success. The young man touted to Francis that he was preparing to attend a prestigious university. St. Francis replied, “And then what?” To which the young man said that he …

SACRIFICE: The Anima of Prayer | Silence 4

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All Men Suffer; Few Men Sacrifice The aversion to suffering is a universal experience we can all relate to. We instinctively recoil, resist, and even resent pain. As one comedian said, “I’m not into working out. My philosophy is no pain, no pain.” Pain causes one to suffer, and suffering prolongs pain. Suffering has many forms: emotional, physical, and spiritual, …