THE LAST BATTLE? | The Overlooked Secret of Fatima

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The Great Battle Several major publications recently posted a tragic story, a parent’s nightmare, of a mother madly dashing to a departing cruise ship, calling out for her children, falling to her knees sobbing, as she realized that she had missed the boat. Evidently the ship had ported and she went sightseeing, When she returned later, she could only watch …

MARRIAGE MAP | His Needs -Her Needs 5

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God’s Theo-Logic: A Plan in the Pain It has been said that there are two times when a man doesn’t understand a woman—before and after marriage. Case in point: Recently, an old friend sent a text describing a bout he had had with his wife. “I lost control with my wife this morning. I yelled at her and pounded the …

WHAT THE SEXES NEED | His Needs – Her Needs 4

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Sexual Difference Matters Sexual difference is real. Sexual difference matters. Sexual difference is fundamental to the human being and indicates core ontological essences of both the male and female. I recently attended a piano recital where the nine-year-old son of a friend of mine had to play two songs. The first was a sweet, delicate song titled “The Sun Is …

WHO IS THE MAN? | His Needs – Her Needs 3

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Uncomfortable Silence Have you ever had the experience in which you have done or said something and the reaction of those around you was expressed by an awkward silence? It’s much like when I feebly attempt to be funny. The only thing more awkward than my ability to tell jokes is the silence that follows them. Or as one editorial …

WHO IS SHE? | His Needs – Her Needs 2

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A Most Complicated Creature A young man is walking along one of Southern California’s sandy beaches with his surfboard. He suddenly spots a bottle that has recently washed up on the beach. It’s obvious it’s been tossed around for a long time. He picks it up and notices that it still has the cork intact. So, being curious about what …

WHY IS IT SO HARD? | His Needs – Her Needs: Part 1

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Why Is it So Hard? Years ago, several families, including our own, each comprised of several young, hyper, manic, very hungry children, decided to dine at a local restaurant without making prior reservations. While we waited to be seated, the kids became increasingly irritable and unmanageable. Finally, after being led to our table, the mothers and children attempted to sort …

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, …