HEARING VOICES: Silence | Part 3

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Hearing Voices This marks the third segment in our series: The First Mark of a Great Man: Silence. Silence is one of the most essential characteristics of a powerful, peace-filled, resilient man. As we have discussed, silence has two forms: exterior and interior. The enemy and his kingdom of noise constrains most men from ever achieving any real sense of …

Strategies for Silence | Silence Part 2

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The Greatest Commodity: Peace Most of us have encountered conflicts, tensions, hardships, and crises. Whether it is the loss of a job, a teenage daughter becoming pregnant, an unfaithful wife, rebellious children, a terminal illness or life-altering health condition, we have all endured personal suffering. How do we respond in such situations? Some men actually become frustrated, angered, resentful, or …

The First Mark of a Great Father | Silence: Part 1

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The Voice That We Seek Have you ever asked any of these questions: “What can I do to be a better man, a better father?” “What is the secret to becoming the man that God has created me to be?” “What’s holding me back from becoming a man of strength, power, resilience and humility?” Or have you thought, “I’ve been …

FRIEND, FOE, OR FATHER | Humility Part 5

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How Will You Be Remembered? How do you want to be remembered? What type of legacy do you hope to impart to your family, your wife, your children? Would you be satisfied with an obituary title or an epitaph that reads, “He was a really nice guy”? Steven Spielberg’s riveting Saving Private Ryan contained a most haunting scene, in which …

WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK | Humility Part 4

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The Generational Gap Why are we here? Why do you and I sacrifice our time and precious sleep to be here at 6 a.m.? Perhaps it is because we subconsciously sense that there is something deeply troubling with our culture, that our children are under attack, and that our families are very vulnerable to the wiles of the wicked one. …

THE CALL TO FATHERLY GREATNESS: IOWA CITY FOSJ CHAPTER LAUNCH

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Seeing Things Differently Have you ever had the experience of being suddenly enlightened by or discovering an obvious truth that you could not understand or was previously hidden from you? Have you ever looked at something, perhaps many times, only to one day view it in a completely new way that permanently changed your perception of it? Have you ever …

What’s So Great About Humility? | Humility – Part 3

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Learn from Me Of all the messages given during our FOSJ sessions, this, perhaps, may be among the most important. The subject of this session is humility. Before beginning, it may be appropriate to share a quote from the Second Vatican Council: “Christ fully reveals man to himself and makes his supreme calling clear” (Gaudium et Spes 22). Today, many …

Holy Humiliations | Humility: Part 2

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The Necessity of Humiliations From my earliest years, I was taught by my dad to tuck my undershirt into my underwear. This habit has stuck with me over the years. I’m really not certain why I do it. I guess it helps to keep my shirt from blossoming out above my side rolls and emphasizing the muffin-top effect. But early …