MEN IGNITED

MEN IGNITED

For three months, from June through August, join us in a special season of receiving grace outpoured, through a few, fundamental commitments to grow as men. Our goal is to re-ignite men in everyday faith (a basis for life):

The Seven Commitments

1) SACRAMENTS.
“Grace is a participation in the life of God. It introduces us into the intimacy of Trinitarian life.”
(CCC, #1997)
Minimally, we commit to Sunday Mass and monthly Confession.

2) DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER.
Dedicated, personal prayer is the cornerstone of the spiritual life. (CCC, #2745) Minimally, we commit to 20 minutes a day in undistracted, dedicated prayer. This includes the daily reading, prayer, and reflection in the Exodus 90 app, and cultivating the inner sanctuary: “Be still and know that I am God.” (Ps. 46:10)

3) FRIDAY FAST.
The church asks us to fast on Fridays. (CCC, #1438)
Minimally, we commit to “one full meal and two smaller meals that together do not equal one meal.” We invite you to a more rigorous fast involving abstaining from breakfast and lunch, snacks and beverages (excluding water) throughout the day.

4) WEEKLY TIME OF ADORATION.
“A Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament is worth more than a thousand years of human glory.” – St. Padre Pio
Minimally, we commit to a weekly visit, but highly recommend an entire hour.

5) FAMILY LEADERSHIP.
A husband and father is uniquely appointed and anointed by God to preside over the spiritual atmosphere of the home. (Eph. 5:23)
Minimally, we commit to:
(a) A weekly, dedicated time of leading our families in meaningful talking and praying (Recommended: Live IT Gathering);
(b) Presiding over all media consumption, ensuring time and content is consistent with forming disciples of Jesus Christ, and;
(c) We strongly encourage “No Cell Sundays.” No personal digital devices except in absolute necessity. Particularly on the Lord’s Day, this is a small way to reclaim the real Lord.

6) BROTHERHOOD ENCOURAGEMENT / ACCOUNTABILITY.
“Iron sharpens iron.” – Proverbs 27:17
Minimally, we commit to gathering monthly (for instance, in the Toledo region we’ll gather on the second Monday of the Month from 8:00-9:00p) for prayer, encouragement, and accountability. Vacation plans and unforeseen circumstances are understood as exceptions. We will also host periodic “fire nights” for those who are interested and available.  

7) END OF DAY EXAMEN. (GO)

An important note on commitment.

As we know with sports, academics, work or any other worthy pursuit, grace is poured out in proportion to sacrifice. There’s always something to rob us of grace. Always something offering us something lesser for something much greater.

Here is how the Grace Thief may appear:  

– On a special Friday night gathering with friends, in the form of joining in good beverages and snacks. Grace is being offered. Receive it.

– On any given day family members push back on your reasonable expectations seeking to set them free from pixels for people. Grace is being offered. Receive it.

– When you’ve had a rough night and are tempted to surrender 20 minutes of prayer. Grace is being offered. Receive it.

– When you’re pressed by family members to have complete control over home discretionary time, instead of “putting the flag in the sand” with a weekly time of meaningful, dedicated conversation and prayer. Grace is being offered. Receive it.

As Exodus 90 makes clear, there is no “Exodus 90 Lite.” God desires that we receive all. Every challenge presents us with the opportunity to conquer. To be forged in Him. Over the next three months, God intends that we become, for ourselves, our spouses, our children, and our world, “more than conquerors.” (Rom. 8:37)

Of course, these disciplines are ultimately meant to forge in us dispositions of the heart. We seek a deeper transformation of heart and mind. As the Catechism puts it: “The Holy Spirit is the living water ‘welling up to eternal life’ in the heart that prays. It is he who teaches us to accept it at its source: Christ.” (CCC, #2652) To help accomplish this, our Support Team (right) will encourage and form us through brief but impactful Fire Talks.

Think about it this way. There’s no one in heaven who is not a saint. Becoming saints is our purpose here on earth. And helping others do the same. Most particularly, our families. So the question: If not this, what? If not now, when?

We join our blessed mother:
“Be it done unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38)

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