Saturday, November 17, 2007

Reality and Real Catholic Men

God loves to make sure that we are relying on Him.

For two-and-a-half years, my wife and I each worked part-time in order to raise our two girls ourselves. While it allowed us to forge a great bond with them as parents, it caused other stresses in our lives. When we decided that it was time for me to go back to work full-time, it was easier said than done. During that time, I began Real Catholic Ministries and all the work that we intend to do for God.

This week I started a new job. I think it's going to be great, but I'm afraid. I'm afraid that RCM will suffer. As you can imagine, I don't have as much free-time as I used to have. We now have to put the kids in childcare - another financial obligation that we have to account for. Will they adjust to the new people and place?

How will I have time for work, family, the ministry, my own spiritual formation, etc.? I suppose that's the reality of being a real Catholic man. We must all rely on God - not ourselves - to meet all of the rigors of life.

Jesus says it very clearly in Matthew 11:28-30 . "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Amen to that. Amen.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Whoda Thunk It

Does anybody out there think that God isn't amazing?

As you may or may not be aware, this blog is connected to the Real Catholic Men ministry and the conference that we are putting on in June of 2008.

Any organization worth its weight - or with a few bucks - knows that it has to have a website "presence" in this day and age. Some use it as a major marketing tool, while others use it simply as a place of information for people to go to on their own, and still others have one so they can appear "legitimate" or professional to those who come across their business.

My reason? I suppose it's a little bit of all of these things, but not one more that the other. But the fact is, where else can people from all over the country and the world find out about who you are and what you do without putting out a boat-load of money to advertise?

I have been amazed at the correspondence I have received over the past 2-3 months. At this point I am doing no major ad campaign (can't afford it, for one thing) and am not even actively promoting the event or the site outside of a close circle of friends. Still, people from Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, etc. have contacted me about the RCM ministry. There is a movement out there which is soft-spoken, but powerful. Waiting to leap out of the darkness and attack the devil anywhere he lurks. The network is forming, strengthening, collaborating.

Al Gore may say that he invented the Internet, but we all know that it was God. Romans 8:28 says, "We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose."

Who knew? He did.