What Am I Missing?

Okay, so the question is, for Catholic men, what’s not quite enough about being a nice guy, treating people the way you would like to be treated, not taking religion too seriously and being content to evangelize by setting a reasonable example of behavior for others?  This is a very common attitude among Catholic men.  I indicated in my post of September 23 how I would respond to this question, listing 7 points I intended to address.  This post will cover the first 4 points.  I refer our readers also to my most recent podcast, “What’s Up with Catholic Men?”

 We can start by trying to identify the standard which Catholic men should be setting for themselves.  The standard I have described in the paragraph above might seem adequate for a lot of guys.  So what’s missing?


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Basic Issues for Catholic Men

Several months ago, a friend of mine was asked to promote men’s ministry in his suburban Catholic parish.  He recently sent me the following email, which summarized his observations about some of the men in his parish:

Perhaps you would be willing to comment on a couple of issues that have come up with my conversations with a few men about God. Often I find that men will offer their philosophy of life when I talk to them about God. They will seem to say that they believe that they are good men and live by the golden rule as the means by which they believe that they will go to heaven. The second issue I have also heard us that it is an unacceptable judgmental attitude to believe that people need to hear the good news, as if I am telling them that they are wrong to believe anything other than what I believe to be the truth. Lastly, some men believe that the only way to evangelize is to give a good example of the good life, not to give any word of information.

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God's Will and the Eucharist: How To Get More Out of Holy Communion

We’ve been focusing on how we discern God’s will.  Now I want to address the connection between God’s will and what happens in the Catholic Mass.  I hope this will help those who want to have a more powerful experience when they participate in the Eucharist.

Millions of people have left the Catholic Church in the last 40 years or so.  They might give a lot of reasons why they left, but I think it boils down to this: they didn’t think they were leaving anything of great value.  Thankfully, millions more have remained in the Church, and yet one gets the sense that most of us who are still Catholic don’t fully appreciate the dynamics of the Mass and the power that is available to us in the Eucharist.

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