Pillar IV: TEACHING

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Spiritual Amnesia The novel Bourne Identity opens with Jason Bourne being found by Italian fishermen floating—unconscious with two gunshot wounds in his back—in the Mediterranean sea. When he awakes, he discovers that he is suffering from extreme memory loss. While attempting to recover his identity, he realizes that his life is in jeopardy, as he undergoes a series of assassination …

Pillar IV: PROVIDING

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Giving Everything – Leaving nearly nothing Recently, a friend of mine, a father of nine children—all grown and living on their own—confessed that he was vexed by the fact that not one of his children is faithfully practicing their Catholic faith today. He described how he sacrificed for them, working long hours—even weekends—in order to provide them cars when they …

Pillar IV: Protecting

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Survive or Succeed? Years ago I was having a conversation with a fellow church goer about the evils that face our children—from peer pressures, to the perversion of human sexuality, to the pervasive media—when this gentleman responded, “We survived didn’t we?” Without hesitation, I immediately retorted, “I don’t want my children to have the life I have had, I don’t …

Pillar iV: Embrace Charitable Authority

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The Problem with Male Authority Over the last several FOSJ sessions we’ve been outlining the spirituality of the human father and its four pillars: 1) embrace silence, 2) embrace woman 3) embrace the child, and today will be discussing the fourth pillar—embracing charitable authority. Of the four pillars, this may very well be the most important as well as the …

Pillar III: Embrace THE CHILD

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Jesus’ mission: To restore Fatherhood Over the last several FOSJ sessions we’ve been journeying through the four pillars of the human father’s spirituality: first, embrace silence; second, embrace woman; and today we will be discussing the third of the four pillars—embracing the child. During our last session, we heard that Christ’s first public miracle occurred at a wedding, which is …

Pillar II: Embrace WOMAN

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Man’s Success is Determined by How he Relates to Woman Over the last several sessions we’ve been discussing the elements that constitute the FOSJ spirituality. During our last session we discussed the first essential pillar of the FOSJ spirituality, Embrace Silence in its three aspects: silence in self, silence before men and silence before God. Today we will discuss the …

Pillar I: Embrace Silence

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Man’s Theological Position During our previous FOSJ session we discussed that every man is divinely appointed to assume his theological position in the economy of salvation as an icon of God the Father—as a generator and initiator of self-giving love. Each man is called to be a Custos, a defender of woman, the child and the family. By remaining steadfast …

WHERE ARE YOU?

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What Does it mean to be A man? Have you ever wondered “What does it mean to be a man?” “What is the definition of a true, authentic man?” If being a man is simply having male attributes, then everyone male is a man. But we know that this is not the case. Our bodies indicate spiritual realities. Our bodies, …