8 Tips for Catholic Men

I don’t often write specifically for a male audience, but I believe our gender has some particular and unique challenges to staying on the right path.

I hope to offer some useful insight which will help you, me and other Catholic men be more aware of these self-created challenges and take the necessary steps to overcome them.

Let me start by listing a few general observations about men which may be uncomfortable to read and acknowledge:

We often struggle with humility and let our pride and egos get in the way.

We like to be in control.

We can be stubborn and inflexible to change.

Our identities are often wrapped up in our careers.

We struggle to ask others (especially the Lord) for help.

We are often inclined to action when reflection and discernment are more appropriate.

We are usually uncomfortable with open displays of emotion (ours and others).

We may be overly concerned about the opinions of others (What will our buddies think?)

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Basic Training for Men in the Spiritual Battle – June 26 – Hillside, Illinois

On the Front Lines Flier (PDF)

Submitted by Allen P.

Of Sheep and Men

Sheep are mentioned more than 500 times in Scripture, which is significantly more than any other animal. In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, sheep are the favorite analogy in describing people and their relationship with the Father in heaven. We are sheep. While being sheep of our Lord’s flock is a blessing, it isn’t much of a compliment, I am afraid!

But maybe it is; let’s see and have a closer look.

There are quite some negative traits that can be pointed out about sheep:

    1. Sheep of all domestic animals require the most care and supervision. Left to themselves, sheep have an unlimited capacity for getting into trouble.
    2. Sheep are compelled by mob instinct. Sheep take their queues from each other. If one sheep panics, they all panic. They tend to go with the flow, even if the flow is going in the wrong direction. They have a tendency to wander off. Sheep are forever getting lost.
    3. Sheep are very susceptible to fear. The average sheep is a coward. One loud noise of any kind – it doesn’t have to be the howl of a wolf – sends the flock in every direction. When confronted with danger, sheep panic.
    4. Sheep are very destructive. Sheep have the very bad habit of being very hard on the pasture. When they graze they don’t trim the grass they eat. They bite down and pull up, removing the roots, and not only the stems.
    5. Sheep are very vulnerable to predators. Among animals, sheep are wimps. They are weak, slow, stupid and defenseless.
    6. Sheep have an incredible ability to get dirty. They easily turn every shade of gray and brown imaginable. Sheep get dirty and stay that way until somebody cleans them up.

Whether we like it or not, we are in many ways like sheep.

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Discovering, Accepting and Appreciating that Men and Women are Different

It is true, Original sin has intensified our pain at the experience of these given differences. The Catechism links the tension surrounding these difference to the Fall of Adam and Eve:

[The] union [of husband and wife] has always been threatened by discord, a spirit of domination, infidelity, jealousy, and conflicts that can escalate into hatred and separation. This disorder can manifest itself more or less acutely, and can be more or less overcome according to the circumstances of cultures, eras, and individuals, but it does seem to have a universal character. According to faith the disorder we notice so painfully does not stem from the nature of man and woman, nor from the nature of their relations, but from sin. As a break with God, the first sin had for its first consequence the rupture of the original communion between man and woman. Their relations were distorted by mutual recriminations;their mutual attraction, the Creator’s own gift, changed into a relationship of domination and lust; and the beautiful vocation of man and woman to be fruitful, multiply, and subdue the earth was burdened by the pain of childbirth and the toil of work. Nevertheless, the order of creation persists, though seriously disturbed. To heal the wounds of sin, man and woman need the help of the grace that God in his infinite mercy never refuses them. Without his help man and woman cannot achieve the union of their lives for which God created them “in the beginning.” (CCC #s 1606-1608)

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Why are so many men pro-life?

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Q: Why are so many men pro-life?

A: Most good men that I know have a natural dislike of dismembering and then plucking helpless infants out of their mother’s womb.

Besides, there’s usually a lot of blood and pain and death, and nobody really likes that either. 

Sometimes the mother is permanently injured, scarred, or dies too, and I’ve heard that something like that can ruin your whole day.

Then there’s the dismal quality of the abortion facilities, along with the unusually poor medical qualifications of the abortionists, who typically can’t get a job anywhere else.

Better to stay the hell away!

Catholic Men’s National Day of Prayer

Catholic Men’sTM National Day of Prayer

by Maurice Blumberg

March 4, 2008

Dear Brothers in Christ,

I wanted to follow-up on my previous Catholic Man Channel article
describing the first Catholic Men’s National Day of Prayer.

Below is a more detailed announcement of this very important event.

The National Fellowship of Catholic Men (NFCM) has sent a letter to all bishops in the
United States asking them to invite Catholic men in their dioceses to participate in the NFCM’s National Day of Prayer, on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, March 15, 2008.
“We are issuing a call for all men to participate in this national day of prayer,” wrote Kevin Lynch, who is the president of the National Fellowship of Catholic Men. “We are holding St. Joseph up as a model for all men with respect to their manhood, fatherhood, discipleship, work, and roles within their families.”

The National Day of Prayer invites Catholic laymen to attend Mass on March 15 and to pray in the morning and evening.

Suggested activities also include praying the Litany of St. Joseph and the rosary, dedicating one’s work week to the Lord, performing corporal works of mercy, and praying for specific intentions on behalf of their families, their workplaces, the Catholic Church, the United States, and the world.

In the process, the National Fellowship of Catholic Men hopes to energize laymen to deepen their personal conversion to Christ, become better disciples, live out their vocations, strengthen their families, and proclaim Christ in everything they do. According to promotional materials for the Catholic Men’s National Day of Prayer, St. Joseph is an important patron and model for men today, because he is “a perfect example of a fully integrated man.

He represents the saintly integration of faith in both his private and public life. For him, there was no conflict between the sacred roles of believer, spouse, parent and worker.”

The National Fellowship of Catholic Men is working in collaboration with Dan Spencer of the St. Joseph Center for Men of Overland Park, KS.

Spencer initially conceived of a day of prayer by and for Catholic men two years ago, when Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, asked for a month of prayer for priestly vocations.

After meeting with the men he knew and encouraging them to participate, Spencer, who has a long-standing apostolate to men and who oversees the Kansas City chapter of the National Fellowship of Catholic Men, realized how much the men he worked with would benefit from a similar event.

“It just hit me that we could use some prayer for men,” he said.

Spencer began to plan a day of prayer for men with his local diocese.

From the start, though, he also wanted to do something on a national scale to get men to dedicate a day to a single, concrete activity that would improve not only their relationship with God but also their families, workplaces, parishes, and communities.

The only problem, he said, was how.

Last year, he said, the Holy Spirit moved him at the National Fellowship of Catholic Men’s leadership conference in Detroit to consider asking them to be a major partner. After praying about it, Spencer proposed a national event to Kevin Lynch,
co-founder and president of the National Fellowship of Catholic Men, and other leaders.

The idea caught fire.

It was such a natural fit, since the National Fellowship of Catholic Men has grown dramatically in recent years. The NFCM has expanded from just two regional conferences twelve years ago to more than fifty today, and it currently distributes podcasts to over 6,000 men every week.

This year, the NFCM plans to begin a 3-year formation and training program to mobilize and energize men for Christ throughout the country.

More information on the National Fellowship of Catholic Men, as well as the National Day of Prayer, can be found at:

www.catholicmensresources.org

May God richly bless you during this grace-filled season of Lent,

Maurice Blumberg
Executive Director
National Fellowship of Catholic Men

P.S.
I thought you’d like to to see how Mike Anderson, President of the
Kalamazoo Catholic Men’s Fellowship, is promoting the National Catholic
Men’s Day of Prayer in his diocese.

MARCH 15TH – NATIONAL CATHOLIC MEN’S DAY OF PRAYER

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
All Catholic men in the Kalamazoo diocese are encouraged to come together for Mass at the Saint Augustine Cathedral on Saturday March 15th at 8:45 AM.

The Mass will be followed by a Kalamazoo Catholic Men’s Fellowship breakfast in the Crowley Center, sponsored by the St. Augustine CMF group.

All are welcome! We will be joined by our Bishop James Murray and our CMF Chaplain Father Larry Farrell.

There will be an update on the progress of the national CMF movement and an announcement about the 2009 Kalamazoo Catholic Men’s Conference.

Come join your Catholic brothers for an incredible morning of joy and fellowship. Let’s make this a
major turn out of Catholic men from our diocese.

This article is part of NFCM’s sponsorship of the Catholic Man channel.
Contact NFCM at PO Box 86381, Gaithersburg, MD 20886 or e-mail them at
info@nfcmusa.org.

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