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Camino De Santiago

Along with a group very special friends, my brother Tim, and two Priests, we will be walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain beginning in August. Please friend me "Deacon Pat Kearns" on Facebook to follow the journey. I realize with limited internet, Facebook will be the easiest way to share the journey. I will share more on the blog when I return. I am also looking forward to using the experience in the current novel I am work on "Climbing Out of the Darkness."

Friday, March 27, 2009

What Does It Mean To be A "Catholic Man?"

Christian love is not weak or anesthetic. It’s an act of the will. It takes guts!!!!

It’s a deliberate submission of our selfishness to the needs of others. There’s nothing “unmanly” about it, and there’s nothing—and I mean nothing—more demanding and rewarding in the world.

The heart of medieval knighthood and chivalry was the choice of a fighting man to put himself at the service of others—honoring his lord, respecting the dignity of women, protecting the weak, and defending the faith even at the cost of his own life.

That’s your vocation. That’s what being a Christian man means. We still have those qualities in our hearts. We are not powerless in the face of today’s unbelieving civilization.

We can turn this world upside down if only we’re willing to love—the kind of Christian love that is vastly more powerful than just a sugary feeling; the kind of love that converts men into something entirely new; the kind of love that bears fruit in a man’s zeal, courage, justice, mercy, and apostolic action.

So I leave you with this:
Be men who love well.
Be the Catholic men God intended you to be.
Be men of courage and fidelity to your God,
your wives, your families, and your Church.
Put your belief into practice.
Do everything for the glory of God,
even the little things you have to do each day.
Love those who don’t love you.
Love—expecting nothing in return.
Love—and those you love will find Jesus, too.
Love—and through your actions, God will change this world.

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