Note: The following recap was written by Mark Weimholt, one of the conference attendees.
I am a parishioner of St. Stephen’s, and I attended the March 23 Archdiocesan (Catholic) Men’s Conference with a group of men from the parish (including Fr. Matt Shireman). It was just what I needed to get my Lenten observance into high gear.
Relevant Radio personality Patrick Madrid spoke in the first Keynote Session about turning away from childish things to become the man Jesus wants us to be (1 Corinthians 13:11). His presentation served as an examination of conscience for us men who needed clarity on how to better follow Christ and his Way of Love. What better way to review our lives than to see how childish ways may have held us back in our maturity as men. I took some notes, and here’s what I understood. The growth from childhood to becoming a man includes:
- Control of the body and its passions.
- Learning to share, especially time, with those you love.
- Acting in the world to make it more just and compassionate.
- Being willing to speak the truth in love, in spite of the consequences.
Patrick Madrid explained that there is no such thing as an 80/20 Catholic. We have to be 100%, or not at all. I thought of all the hypocrisy in my life that could have been avoided had I understood this earlier and stayed focused on Christ. We need to be ALL IN.
Save the date…next year’s Catholic Men’s Conference will be on Saturday, March 28, 2020.