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 …

PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS | His and Her Needs 8

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God’s Design: To Need Today marks our eighth session in our series His Needs—Her Needs. It may be beneficial to ask ourselves why we are discussing in depth this subject of relationships between the sexes? Being Fathers of St. Joseph, our spirituality consists of St. Joseph’s four pillars: embrace silence; embrace woman; embrace the child; and embrace charitable authority. Theses …

ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH | His Needs – Her Needs

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His Primary, Innate Need It was my junior year in high school that I, measuring 5’1”, took Kim (my eventual wife), 5’9” at the time, to the prom. As with most proms, a professional photographer was on site to capture the moment. When it was our turn to have our photo taken, the photographer asked Kim—with a little too much …

DO YOU SEE HER? | His Needs – Her Needs 6

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Woman’s Most Natural Desire Great fathers desire with all of their hearts to have great families, and great families usually come from great marriages. Marriage is the trailhead of the family. If we want to be great fathers it is imperative that we strive to become great husbands. One of the first lessons that a husband of greatness learns is …