Most of you that know me on some level (whether personally or virtually), know that one of the calls I have in my life from God is to minister to the hearts of men. Considering some of the trauma and tragedies I’ve experienced in my life due to failed male leadership, I have been committed to the effort of restoring God’s plan for man as He created us to be from the very beginning. It is no doubt that the struggles and trials I’ve faced in my life were a direct result of my relationship with my earthly father (as well as the male “role models” in my life) and its impact on my view and relationship with our Heavenly Father.
With many of our children being born into fatherless homes today, social science shows us that these children face a difficult road ahead. Specifically, these children are more likely to experience higher rates of poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, problems with physical and emotional health, educational achievement challenges, crime and sexual promiscuity and teen pregnancy without the presence of a father. In essence, these children start a life with the chips stacked against them.
Before I move on, let me also say that I wholeheartedly commend and praise all the single mothers out there who fight every day to give the best to their children and fill the gap that we men have left. Parenting in and of itself is a challenging and overwhelming responsibility even with the presence of both father and mother yet alone taking on this role solo. We should never cease to pray for those who face this single parent reality every day of their lives.
All that said, I am a firm believer that at the core of the issues we face today in our families and in our culture stem in large part to men abdicating their responsibilities as men. What do I mean? Simply put, we men were created and commissioned to serve, protect and defend our wives, our children and all of creation (see Genesis 2:15) and most of us have left the post. Where did we go?
We’ve abandoned our post to wade and wallow in the pit of selfishness believing what we are fed by a secular world determined to root God out of the lives of all peoples. We men have allowed the culture, the media and the evil one to break into our hearts and homes and launch a relentless attack on marriage, family and life itself. One need only to look to the world to see the chaos, confusion, darkness and evil that engulfs us as a human race. We need help…we need God.
So what do we do? Well that brings me to the point of this post. Men need to step up to their God given commission as the chief servants, protectors and defenders of all that was entrusted to us. We must know who we are in order to know what we are called to do. I am excited to say I have just what you’re looking for! I was blessed and humbled to work along side Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers in developing a resource for men to learn about this very topic and join in the restoration of true Catholic masculinity. The series is produced by Shalom World TV and will begin to air online September 12th at 5:30 PM PST. Please visit www.shalomworldtv.org for more details.
Below is the promotional video for the series as well as some pictures of Deacon and I with the wonderful Shalom World TV team.
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