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I.D. 9:16 Men's Fellowship Group

Give us, good Lord, the grace to work for the things we pray for. – St. Thomas Moore

The next Men’s Group is at 7am on Saturday Feb. 10th and we will be discussing video 2 of “True Reformers”

Adam Bishop

I.D. 9:16 Men's Fellowship Group Leader

Men praying together always makes me think of the line from scripture: “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend's countenance” Proverbs 27:17.

"There are many movies, stories, and books that depict the ultimate male hero as one who doesn’t need anyone’s help in defeating hordes of evil minions or creatures. The truth in these stories often stir up something in boys that is difficult for their small minds to understand at first, so, as boys, we start modeling the ideal man after the hero in these stories. We start thinking that to be a Man we need to be handsome, good at using weapons, and that we need to be able to do it all ourselves. As we grow up we continue to resist any help every step of the way. It is this toxic idea that we must face our own battles alone, that we clutch onto, even into adulthood and sometimes even to death. We hold onto these childish ideals of a man even after we realize the truth in those stories was not that the hero did it all by himself, but rather that he was a savior that came to demolish evil. We got so focused on the hero that we often forgot about all the Robins, Tontos, and John Watsons who supported the heroes. We need to stick together and be there for each other because behind every great man in history, real or fake, you will find a group of men or at least another man behind him supporting him, calling him out, encouraging him, and sometimes saving him from certain death. This idea of fellowship and helping each other fight the good fight is the model that we should be emulating when living our lives and trying to grow closer to God the Father.

Small groups facilitate some important aspects of growing closer to God and growing in Virtue. Small groups provide men to share their struggles and realize that their struggles are common among other men and that there are other ways to view or address those struggles. It also provides an environment for men to pray together and that’s powerful. Men praying together always makes me think of the line from scripture: “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend's countenance” Proverbs 27:17. Men’s group should also bring you spiritual nourishment and should deepen your friendship with other men. The last fruit of men’s group I will mention is accountability, when you go to a men’s group you will feel some sort of natural obligation to work harder to be a better man and Catholic because you will be surrounded by men who want to do the same and you can all grow together and then go together, but that is another topic altogether."

God Bless,
Adam Bishop

"Small groups facilitate some important aspects of growing closer to God and growing in Virtue. Small groups provide men to share their struggles and realize that their struggles are common among other men and that there are other ways to view or address those struggles. It also provides an environment for men to pray together and that’s powerful. Men praying together always makes think of the line from scripture: “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend's countenance” Proverbs 27:17. Men’s group should also bring you spiritual nourishment and should deepen your friendship with other men. The last fruit of men’s group I will mention is accountability, when you go to a men’s group you will feel some sort of natural obligation to work harder to be a better man and Catholic because you will be surrounded by men who want to do the same and you can all grow together and then go together, but that is another topic altogether."

God Bless,
Adam Bishop

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