The Gaze We Desire

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Have you ever met someone who avoids looking you in the eyes? He looks around you, but not into you? Have you ever struggled to make or retain eye contact with someone? Why do people avoid the gaze of another? The simple answer is that we are all afraid—afraid that the other may see something in us that we don’t want …

Can A Father Be A Saint?

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The short answer is: yes, a father can be a saint. We know that it is possible, but is it probable? Sometimes we fathers have received an idea that we’ve not so much been taught as much as caught: that sainthood is for the monks, priests, nuns, religious, scholars, and theologians. Somewhere along the way we’ve come to believe that …

The Most Important Man

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Have you ever considered who the world’s most important man is? There are hosts of men who are marked by the character and attributes of power, influence, and popularity. Presidents of nations, popes, founders of megachurches, software developers, authors, philanthropists, investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, professors, professional athletes, actors, and inventors are commonly considered candidates who might qualify to meet this noble …

FATHER KRISIS | Fatherly Suffering 6

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Making the Theological Practical One of the greatest challenges in transmitting divine truth is to make things that are theological understandable; to make things that are theological practical. God’s intention is to make the theological practical, while also intending that the practical direct us toward the theological. God desires that His very theology be practiced in our lives, and that …

CONFRONTING THE FATHER WOUND | Fatherly Suffering 5

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Question of Courage How many of you desire to be courageous, confident? Take a moment and rate yourself 1–10. How courageous are you? How many of you lack courage? Those who admit it are perhaps the most courageous among us. Test your courage and confidence by answering the following questions: Do you become jealous? Jealousy indicates a lack of confidence. …

The 6 Darts of the Devil | Fatherly Suffering 4

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The Mother of All Curse Words My brother’s family has several family traditions that are highly influenced by their Catholic faith, one of those being that they do not say the “A” word—Alleluia—during Lent. Another custom by which they abide is that they don’t say the “F” word, that is, “fart.” A couple of years ago, during Lent, my brother’s …

THE EVIL ONE’S 4 TACTICS | Fatherly Suffering 3

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Suffering: A Means to Glory This has been a message that has been stirring in my heart and it is my hope that it will compel you and motivate you to see and confront the battle that is laid out before you—the battle of your life and of your vocation. During our last session we discussed the idea that God …

RUN TO BATTLE | Fatherly Suffering 2

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Run to Battle | Fatherly Suffering 2 The Universal Experience of Suffering During our last session we discussed St. Paul’s proposal that it is our honor not only to know Christ, but also to suffer for Him. To know Christ we must suffer with Christ, and suffering for Christ enables us to know Christ—intimately. Today I would like to build …

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? | Fatherly Suffering 1

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An Account of Fatherly Suffering Today I am going to be very candid and share with you a couple of lessons that I have learned within the last several weeks regarding fatherly suffering. Before beginning, it may be beneficial to back up a bit and mention a couple of events that took place approximately two months ago. Toward the end …

THE ENEMY OF INTIMACY | His Needs – Her Needs 9

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Settling for Less Years ago my wife and I decided to build an addition on our house for the purpose of having a main-level bedroom for our special needs daughter, who is unable to walk. My initial idea was to add a bedroom off the back of the kitchen. The contractor asked my wife, “What’s your dream?” I began to …