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. …

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 …

Comparisons Kill | Humility: Part 1

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Running the Race I try to run at least a couple of times a week. Overall, I’m not a bad runner. Recently, as I was running my route a gentleman called out to me, praising me, “You really walk fast.” Actually, I’m not very good at running. My sentiments regarding running and Lent are very similar: I can’t wait until …