Jake and Brett, joined again by their friend and ally Sean O’Brien, finish the three part series unpacking Fr. Joe Fitzgerald’s powerful homily from the Men’s Retreat in September 2019.
- Fr. Joe compares the Church after the abuse scandals to the World Trade Centre buildings on 9/11
- Evil is real
- Our faith is one of the only places we lower the expectations for our children
- It’s time to raise the bar
- Will men go into the difficulty and face evil together?
- It’s hard to keep our resolve after retreats
- Keeping our focus and resolve is an indicator or masculine maturity
- In life, we have to make a choice…remaining indecisive is deadly
- There’s always opportunity to turn around and reengage in life
- In every man’s life there will be things that require his masculinity
- The “burning building” is in our day to day life
- We live the Gospel by loving the person next to us
- We have to be careful to resist the temptation that someone is beyond the grace and mercy of God
- There will be parts of us that have to die for us to experience new life
- We are, and it is okay to be, a work in progress
- The helmet and axe analogy that Fr. Joe uses are practical tools we use in the way of the heart
- Learning how to use the “spiritual axes” is important as well
- Priests often have to deal with the sins of their brother priests
- What struck you from this episode?
- What struck you about this part of Fr. Joe’s homily?
- Think to the last retreat you went on, how are you doing since then? What have kept your heart alive? What has weakened your resolve?
- What are the burning buildings in my life right now?
- In life right now, I am running away or am I facing the things that require my masculinity?
- Is there a part of you that needs to die for you to experience more life?
- What is that part? What’s holding up the process?
- What do the helmet and axe symbolize for you?
- (None this week)