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Hey all!⠀ .⠀ I figured, we were due for a little bit of a Be the Men recap post of Who We Are and What We Do.⠀ .⠀ Be the Men was started in 2017 to engage Catholic men today. We come from different walks of life, but we are all called to greatness. Everything we do at Be the Men is meant to be practical and relatable (not super high theological stuff).⠀ .⠀ So, what do we do?⠀ .⠀ Every morning (M-F), we send out a daily reflection via email (also posted to Instagram). It's short and simple - it takes about 1 minute to read. This is designed to be a little morning pick-me-up, a jumpstart to the day, or just something to take your mind away from the day to day grind and think about faith, virtues, or some of life's bigger questions for a few minutes.⠀ .⠀ Every month, we also mail out a print publication called the Summons. Each issue has about 10 pages of articles written by fellow Catholics trying to live faith-filled, virtuous lives in today's world. Every issue is different but you can usually expect to read about some current events, the life of a particular Saint, a prayer to try out, and a virtue to put into practice. This is available for free - thanks to our patrons.⠀ .⠀ That's about it for now. If you're just hearing about us, you can check out BeTheMen.com (link in bio) to learn more, see past reflections, sign up for Summons, etc.⠀ .⠀ If you're already a follower or subscriber, it would be absolutely amazing if you can share this post or pass it around.
Today is the #FeastDay of Pope St John Paul II! The man who would be #pope for the last quarter of the 20th century was born Karol Wojtyla in #Poland on May 18th, 1920. His early life was not an easy one. He lost his mother when he was eight years old, and his father died when he was twenty. His homeland was overrun by Nazi Germany in 1939 and he was forced to attend an underground seminary to become a #priest . Shortly after the #Nazis were defeated Poland was taken over by #Communist forces. After becoming a priest, he worked extensively with #CatholicYouth , and formed a group that discussed #philosophy , played #sports , prayed and helped the sick. During his priesthood he constantly had to contend with living in a Communist occupied country which subjected the #Church to heavy persecution and futilely attempted to take control of the Church. When Pope John Paul I died 33 days after becoming Pope, John Paul II was elected to be his successor. He became one of the most beloved Popes of all time. He charismatically emphasized teachings on the defense of life in all it’s stages, the gift of sexuality, and the dignity of the person. He would visit more countries than any world leader and empowered the youth of the church with the establishment of #WorldYouthDay . He canonized more saints than had been canonized in the last 500 years, and helped change the world with his instrumental role in the fall of Communism. He survived assassination attempts from the Communists and Al-Qaida and at the end of his life taught the world about #redemptivesuffering . Is it any wonder that after his death the streets of the Vatican echoed with the cry, “ Santo Subito!” (“Saint Immediately!”)? #jpii #faithfulwitness #eucharist #catholic #saintoftheday #coolsaints #jesus #god #virginmary #theologyofthebody #theology
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 👱🏻‍♂️Saint John Paul II 🙏 for us. 🎉Feast day October 22 🗓1920-2005 📍Born in Wadowice, Poland 🇵🇱 😇Patron Saint of: 👇🏼 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦World Meeting of Families 2015 🌎👱🏻‍♀️🧑🏽World Youth Days • 👶🏼Karol, or “Lolek” as called by family and friends, was the third child of Karol Wojtyła and Emilia Kaczorowska, who died in 1929. Edmund, his older brother who was a doctor died in 1932 and his father, an intensely religious man, officer of the Austro-Hungarian Army and captain in the Polish Army, died in 1941. His only sister Olga died in infancy before Karol was born. 🕍⚽️👩🏻❤️He grew up in close contact with the vibrant Jewish community of Wadowice, played soccer, and had his first serious relationship with a beautiful Jewish girl called Ginka Beer. 🏃🏻‍♂️🎭🗣During his university years, he was an athlete, actor and playwright, and learned as many as twelve languages. By the time he was Pope he spoke nine languages fluently: Polish, Latin, Ancient Greek, Italian, French, German, English, Spanish and Portuguese. 🙏For many years Karol believed God was calling him to the priesthood, and after surviving two nearly fatal accidents and the death of his father, he responded to the call. ✝️He studied secretly during the German occupation of Poland, and was ordained in 1946. In these years he practiced the teachings of Saint Louis Marie Montfort and Saint John of the Cross. Earned his Doctorate in theology in 1948 at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy. ⛪️👨🏼‍🎓👨🏼‍🏫Parish priest in the Krakow , studied philosophy, taught social ethics, appointed auxiliary bishop in Krakow on 4 July 1958, appointed Archbishop of Krakow on 30 December 1963. 🐑Wojtyla proved himself a noble and trustworthy pastor in the face of Communist persecution. ✍🏻Attended all four sessions of Vatican II; is said to have written Gaudium et spes, the document on the Church in the Modern World. He also played a prominent role in the formulation of the Declaration on Religious Freedom. *Continues in comments 👇🏼
Meanwhile my pathetic self holds grudges from 4th grade, here’s today’s saint meeting with his would-be assassin like a proud papa. Saint Pope John Paul the Second, pray for us!
It's not "idol worship," it just incorporates tradition and deep theological value. You might not be used to that tho... #evangelical #catholic #veneration #eucharist #transubstantiation #anglocatholic #episcopal #anglican #icons #tradition #worship
Body language is something that we probably don’t think twice about. It’s just part of our human instinct or senses - we can often tell someone’s mood simply by looking at them.⠀ .⠀ When it comes to our faith, we can’t forget this truth that we are more than just souls - we are bodies too. Body and soul, as created by God.⠀ .⠀ But, when we go to Mass or pray, we often focus solely on the soul. And of course, we should be focusing on shaping our souls, but we can’t about forget the body. Our bodily actions can be prayerful.⠀ .⠀ In fact, when you think of the Mass, you can see that it has built in actions of the body - genuflecting, bowing, kneeling, etc. These movements reflect our inner desires and affections - showing respect to God, humbling ourselves before Him, etc.⠀ .⠀ So in Mass, or in front of the Blessed Sacrament, we must be mindful of this. Be intentional and deliberate with our actions. Don’t just do a half squat, quick sign of the cross, then slide into your pew. Be reverent, let your body speak and pray.⠀ .⠀ And also, use the body to aid the soul. If your thoughts wander in Mass, fight the distraction by first controlling your body. Take your head off the swivel. Bow, close your eyes. Quiet your body to quiet your soul.
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