REDEEMING TRUST

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Trust: the Basis of all Relationships Trust is the ultimate and perfect expression of belief. When belief in something becomes substantial, that belief empowers a person to trust in that something. I believe that my automobile will start when I insert the key in the ignition, and after consistently experiencing this reality on an ongoing basis, I begin to place …

INFLICTING THE WOUND

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Every father’s fear Every father who loves his child and takes his vocation seriously battles with a certain lingering fear: the fear of his child’s failure. We fear that they may not succeed in their academics; we fear that they may not have friends; we fear that they may choose the wrong friends, the wrong boyfriend or girlfriend, the wrong …

Saving A Child Saves a Father

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A lost vision of Fatherhood Our identity leads to our destiny. Who we are determines who we will become. The enemy knows this. The evil one understands that if we discover who we really are, we will become manifestations of God’s glory to our family and to the world around us. Our identity not only affects our personal destiny, but …

The Wood of Discipline

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Lead by Loving; Love by Leading If there is no one to lead, none will follow. A leader must lead his family from wrong, or wrong will lead his family. Our Lord says, “strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.” It is imperative that we protect ourselves from being struck by Satan, lest the flock of our family be …

Abraham’s Fatherly Discipline

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Loving with Discipline and Disciplining with love We live in a world of extremes. In fact, quite often, we find ourselves living in the tension of being pulled to one extreme or the other. If we eat too much, we’re uncomfortably full. If we eat too little, we are painfully hungry. If the water is too hot, it can burn …

The OFFERING

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The Irreplaceable Identity Our identity leads to our destiny, and the world’s destiny is related to our identity. The question of “Who am I” relates to the question “Why do I exist?” If we do not understand who we are, we will have difficulty becoming who we are called to be. Being FOSJ we understand that we are defined by …

What Can One Man Do?

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Famine and fortune How many times have you heard someone say, when discussing the world’s problems and the dismal moral crises of our age, “what can one man do?” During the early stages of the history of the Israelites, Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, begot twelve sons—one of whom was named Joseph. During this time, Joseph was the youngest of the twelve …

Joseph’s Sacrifice

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The Greater the Blessing the Greater the Cross Over the last several FOSJ meetings we’ve been discussing the five stages of a successful father: 1) Crisis/Tests, 2) Discovery of Mission, 3) Sacrifice 4) Model/Example, and 5) Legacy. It was during a personal crisis that Joseph discovered his mission and understanding his mission, he learned, over time, the sacrifice demanded to …

Joseph’s Mission

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Meaning and Mission At our last FOSJ meeting we discussed the five stages of a successful father: 1) trial/tests 2) discovery of mission 3) embracing sacrifice 4) modeling/being the example of virtue 5) leaving a legacy. During our last session we focused primarily on the first stage, the test or multiple tests, viewed through the lens of St. Joseph and …

Joseph’s Crisis

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God’s Saint-making Process Our success as fathers is born from an ongoing process that consists of five basic stages: 1) test 2) mission 3) sacrifice 4) modeling and 5) legacy. Any man who is a father understands that his vocation is marked by tests – multiple tests, and amidst these tests a sense of mission can be discovered. After that …