New Life for Catholic Men

I apologize for the delay in putting out a new blog.  In addition to my presenting a number of retreats recently, my “production studio” has been occupied by my 9-month old granddaughter, Camille.  I will resume weekly updates to my blog and podcasts.

 In our last blog, I promised to give some examples of the rich, exciting life that God has made available to Catholic men.  The goal is to encourage Catholic men for whom the life of faith lacks significant energy and vitality.

I have been involved in the Cursillo Movement in the Catholic Church since 1989.  My involvement was prompted by a Protestant friend of mine, who told me that the Protestant version of Cursillo, called “Walk to Emmaus,” was flourishing in the Tulsa area while the Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Tulsa was dormant  “This makes no sense,” my friend said, ‘Walk to Emmaus’ is based upon the Catholic Cursillo.  Someone needs to get the Catholic Cursillo going again around here, and I think you are that someone.”

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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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