Abraham’s Temptation

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Faithful Obedience makes a Great Father At our last FOSJ meeting we discussed Abraham’s crisis and how he faithfully persevered, believing in the unseen promise that God would provide an heir despite the seen obstacle of Sarah’s infertility. As with Abraham, our response to such crises is the litmus test for our faithfulness to God. Truly, our response determines our …

Abraham’s Crisis

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Obedience during Crisis At our last FOSJ meeting we discussed the value of crisis. Faith cannot be proven without a crisis and a crisis cannot be endured without faith. A crisis usually involves both risk and danger in the form of temptation, while also providing an opportunity to prove who we are, who our faith is in, who we have …

A Father’s Enemies

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The Real ENEMY Several months ago I went for a walk to a church a half mile from home. While I was there, a gentlemen alerted me that a tornado had been spotted just south of town and was heading our way. I immediately left the church because two of my daughters were at home alone. When I saw the …

Commitment Through Crisis

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Temptation: a means to salvation Most men will encounter personal crisis within their marriage. This crisis is an opportunity, and a test, accompanied by an associated temptation. A crisis presents man with an opportunity to discover or rediscover his essence, but it is also a test of survival, without such a test no man can become a man of greatness. …

The 7 Pillars of Fatherhood | Part 1

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The Fathers of St. Joseph have been meeting for a little over a year. God our Father has certainly blessed this apostolate with a generous outpouring of His Holy Spirit. Being that we’ve grown, and it has been some time since our inception, it appears to be appropriate to re-visit the FOSJ spirituality. There is a difference between a spirituality …

The 7 Pillars of Fatherhood | Part 2

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Pillar IV: Assume Charitable Authority Mary, Joseph’s wife, was full of grace, and Jesus, his Son, was full of grace and truth. Joseph was the least of these three and yet God called him to assume his role of Charitable Authority over his house. God does not call the qualified but qualifies the called. True authority is animated by charity. …

The Proof of Glory – Fruitfulness

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The other day I came across a startling statistic: out of 100 men, 100 of those men will eventually undergo what clinical physicians define as death. In addition to this statistic, another fact alarmed me: of those 100 men, 0% will have wished that they did not live a life of glory. Indeed, all of us, at the end of …

Conquest and Glory – Achieving True Union

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It is probably safe to say that all of us desire to be great fathers, great husbands, great men. Isn’t that why we are here? To discover what it really means to be a husband, a father, an authentic man. In fact, our children and families depend upon the realization of this desire. There are many people who discuss what …

A Father’s Identity: Distinct from Instinct

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At our last FOSJ meeting we discussed some very important principles regarding fatherhood, family and our sexuality: 1) If our children would one day live in heaven, heaven must live on earth today. 2) Heaven is experiencing the Trinity, Who is an eternal exchange of love. 3) The Trinity’s self-giving love can be identified by three basic attributes: Distinction, Unity …

Sexual Attraction: Heaven on Earth?

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If our children would one day live in heaven, heaven must live on earth today. The purpose of the human family is to become a link that connects our children with their heavenly homeland. Therefore, the human family—our families—must become living, breathing, symbols of the Triune God; and the purpose of this symbol is to provide mankind with hope—with a …