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 …

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 …

Identity and Destiny

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The novel Bourne Identity opens with Jason Bourne being discovered, by Italian fishermen, floating unconscious in the Mediterranean Sea with two gunshot wound in his back. When he awakes, Bourne realizes that he is suffering from extreme memory loss. While attempting to recover his identity he also realize that his life is in jeopardy as he undergoes a series of …

Location and Vocation

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Early on during my brief high school football career, I was given an opportunity to play the prestigious position of tailback. My hope was that when I properly executed the first several play selections, the coach would be impressed enough to give me the starting position. The first play was a “dive 2,” which meant that the center and right …

Vacation from vocation?

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Discerning the true Path to Greatness. As a boy, I enjoyed the game of football immensely; and as a high school junior, I mustered enough courage to start as a defensive secondary for my school’s team. My only real disadvantage was that I measured at an intimidating 5’1.5” and weighed in at a solid 114 lbs. (That half inch really …

Waking from the dream – Restoring Reality

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A couple of nights ago, I called a friend who answered the phone by emitting a loud groan and deep sigh of exasperation. After asking him what was wrong, he related that a business competitor has splattered accusations online against his company for plagiarizing a branding concept. After relating the details of this intense conflict he sighed again and said, …

Become the Son to Become the Father

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Ben’s father-in-law, an owner of a profitable corporation, offered him a prestigious position that would double his current salary. The only downside to the proposition was that Ben and his family would have to leave his rustic dream cabin, secretly tucked amidst the towering pines of the southern Californian mountains, irrevocably behind. Considering the future needs of his family, Ben …

Authority to Transmit Glory

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Dan confessed over coffee, “I would be lying if I said that I don’t often consider leaving my family.” Dan, overwhelmed by the sense of obligation, consistently felt inadequate in his role as “man of the house,” and often quarantined himself to his garage to work on his cars. He felt as if he was ruled by his wife, living …

Desperation or Sanctification

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Fatherhood and Sainthood: An Apparent Paradox Several years ago, a friend of mine shared with me his frustration that among the saints canonized by the Catholic Church, there are very few who are proclaimed saints and blessed precisely because of their fatherhood, or because of their heroic virtue in faithfully loving a spouse. He expressed that he felt as though …