Sharing the Father’s Love – 16th Anniversary of JPII’s Death

Sharing the Father’s Love

By: John Sohl

 

During the Year of St. Joseph, the FRP team like so many others is slowly working its way through the Consecration Prayers to Jesus through St. Joseph written by Jen Settle of the TOB Institute and Dr. Greg Bottaro of the CatholicPsych Institute. Fr. Donald Calloway’s book is of course another powerful option for Consecration to St. Joseph, and so my wife and I are reading through some of that as well during these days leading up to our Consecration. What this essentially means for the Church is that God the Father is preparing our hearts for a profound transformation in the world. The last 100 years have witnessed some intense changes in both good and bad ways. Modern conveniences like the microwave, central air and heating, indoor plumbing have all become staples of the developed world. Yet also in the name of convenience, other less neutral changes have taken place in society that deserves our attention and our outcry. Yet, it’s important to understand the how when going about seeking justice for the poor, marginalized, and dehumanized. The phrase “toxic masculinity” has been used in countless ways to degrade men and to make it seem that healthy leadership, real protection, and stable, reliable commitment isn’t possible for men today. Authority itself has been attacked quite brutally. In truth, the Father’s Love is real and is reliable! Our Dad loves us, even if we have never experienced that love from our earthly dad. St. Joseph is meant to guide us in being reparented in the most tangible, spiritual, emotional, and masculine way possible. St. Joseph is the man’s man! He guided and instructed and helped raise the most masculine man to ever live. Whenever Jesus would speak about the love of God the Father for each of us, who do you think came to mind as the visible presence who showed him such invisible love? His earthly father Joseph! Jesus felt invincible because of his earthly father’s strength. He was invincible because of His Heavenly Father’s powerful love. This same love was exuded in profound ways in the Holy Father John Paul II. During his pontificate, he traveled more than practically any human being in the history of humanity. He wrote enough books that an entire publishing house could dedicate its existence to his works. His opening words to us in St. Peter’s Square in 1978 were “Be not afraid!” and THAT phrase followed him all the way across the threshold of hope through his death 16 years ago. In fact, the anniversary of his death this year was on Good Friday, the very day in which the Father’s Love was most perfectly shared with the world in Jesus Christ. JPII’s entire life, his entire existence, his entire travel itinerary throughout civilization was to share the love and relationship with a man who never walked beyond the boundaries of what would be essentially Jefferson, Bullitt, or Oldham County. The saints JPII canonized, the feasts he established, the international festivals he inaugurated, the institutes he founded were all meant to bring us closer to St. Joseph’s foster-son and God, our loving Father’s only begotten Son Jesus! As we continue our petitions during this Way of Trust 54-Rosary Novena leading up to Pentecost, let us ask Mother Mary and her husband St. Joseph to pray for us intensely during this time. Come, Holy Spirit, let us speak your truth, your goodness, and your beauty to everyone we meet! Let us share your identity with the world. After all, the Holy Spirit IS the mutual Love that has always existed between the Father and the Son—and that love is the only love that truly satisfies our hungry hearts for passion, romance, encounter, nostalgia, and meaning. From wonder to wisdom, from life to love, from sorrow to joy, we will one day see the true Bridegroom in all his glory ready to meet us face to face in Heaven! In the words of our beloved Pope, let us “be not afraid” to go out into this world to meet Him in the faces of our families and friends. Let this Easter Joy, this Father’s Love, that is relived and re-experienced every year spill over into the hearts and minds of the whole world. May God bless each of you and your families during this Easter Season

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Introducing Catholic Couples Network

Put your hands together for another Family Renewal Project ministry coming January 10, 2020!

The Catholic Couples Network is designed to support Catholic couples in their marriages by providing community, spiritual formation, and fertility resources.

Marriage is a beautiful and challenging vocation that calls us out of ourselves and compels us to serve our spouses.  In holy matrimony, we enter into a covenant that mirrors God’s unconditional covenant with His people. And as affirmed in Romans 8:38-39, in this covenant, “Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  So it is with our love for one another.  We CHOOSE each other, day after day, in small matters and in big.  And this commitment becomes a sign of God’s love for us and for all who witness our marriages and families.

Sadly, holy matrimony today is threatened by a culture that widely accepts co-habitation, contraception, pornography, and abortion.  Catholic couples need a safe-haven to support them in their holy pursuits.

This is where the Catholic Couples Network comes in.

First and foremost, this group provides opportunities for couples to meet others who share their Catholic values and to build friendships based on common experiences and challenges.  It is a place where couples can be who they are, without feeling like they need to hide their faith or their struggles.  It is our hope that this place of comfort and encouragement will foster growth for couples who participate.

Of course, this ministry will also provide spiritual support, meeting couples where they are and walking with them on their journey to holiness.   This support will take the form of priestly guidance, prayer, and sacramental celebration. We will also dedicate time to deepening our understanding of Theology of the Body: Pope Saint John Paul II’s beautiful vision of the human person that illuminates the beauty of our bodies as gifts to our spouses.

Finally, the Catholic Couples Network will offer fertility resources for married and engaged couples. Katie Parris, FertilityCare Practitioner of the Creighton Model System, and Angela Hobbs, Student Teacher of the Marquette Method, are both members of the group who can offer instruction in these fertility awareness practices. We will also have guest speakers to provide information on NaProTECHNOLOGY for those who may struggle with fertility.

As Pope Francis said in Amoris Laetitia, “The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church.”  As such, it is essential that the Church support Her couples and help them develop in their commitments to their vows and their Catholic values. The Catholic Couples Network is born out of this need and hopes to achieve that goal by providing married and engaged couples with the community and the tools they need to thrive.

To register for January 10th event (which will focus on prayer, with a guest appearance from FRP chaplain Fr. Martin Linebach) please visit: https://www.familyrenewalproject.com/event/couples-night-with-catholic-couples-network/. While you’re there, follow us on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM to connect with other couples and stay up to date on all of our upcoming events!

Give your “yes” to your spouse and your “yes” to God’s call to strengthen your marriage!

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Creighton Model Q/A

Have you been wondering what the Intro to the Creighton Model Event is all about? Did you think it was only for couples? KEEP READING and see what Katie Parris, FCPI + Instructor for this event had to say in this Q & A!

FRP: The Creighton Model offers something for SINGLE women, right? 

Katie: Yes! The Creighton Model offers an excellent way for women to chart and manage their cycles. This can mean learning what their wonderfully made bodies can do and identifying their times of fertility/infertility. It can also mean pinpointing and treating specific cycle abnormalities such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), endometriosis, PMS, and more. A regular, healthy cycle is an important indicator of overall health, so it can be liberating to better understand what is happening and to deal with any pain or hormonal issues that one may be experiencing. 

FRP: What is your experience with the Creighton Model? 

Katie: I have PCOS and learned the Creighton Model after suffering with infertility for 5 years. With the help of my Practitioner and a Medical Consultant, we were able to get to the root of my issue and restore my fertility! 

FRP: What’s your favorite part of your experience with the Creighton Model?

Katie: I love being able to help women feel like they are being heard in regards to pain, PMS symptoms, PCOS, etc., instead of just being given a “bandaid” or even ignored by an OB/GYN.

FRP: What did you find challenging about using this method?

Katie: Getting into the routine of checking for the biological markers was the most difficult part, but that just took a little bit of practice!

FRP: What should young women who plan to attend the Intro session be looking forward to? 

Katie: Learning new things about the amazing physiology of their bodies! And also understanding that what they have been told is “normal” (pain, PMS) is NOT normal and can be treated. 

FRP: What would you say to anyone on the fence about attending? 

Katie: Just try it out! You are not signing up to chart, just to learn.

Thank you, Katie! If YOU are interested in joining us July 18, click this link to sign up!

Have more questions for Katie? You can contact her @ keparris@gmail.com

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The Philosopher’s Underground: A 4-Part Series

Discover Your Story with FRP’s latest series: The Philosopher’s Underground!

While philosophy may seem ethereal and unnecessary, it really is the opposite. Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom, of understanding. It seeks truth and meaning.  What’s more interesting than that?

Consider philosophy the foundation on which our understanding of our present world was built (think: underground!). The Philosopher’s Underground series will provide practical ways to understand and apply key philosophical principles…because we can’t understand our faith, our world, or even who we are meant to be without them!

The Philosopher’s Underground aims to engage young adults (20’s and 30’s) asking the deeper questions about life and it’s meaning. Our hope is that the content in this series will empower everyone who attends to live a more intentional life. How will you live the story you were made for?

The first session starts THIS Wednesday, November 14. It will be in conjunction with Louisville Young Catholic’s monthly Pub Night from 7:00-8:30pm at Saints Bar in St. Matthews.

All other sessions will be at the Patterson Education Center/Museum across from the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville (also from 7:00-8:30pm). Mark the rest of the dates on your calendar HERE!

Check out our event page on Facebook for more information and updates as this series kicks off!

Interested in attending, but still have a few questions? Shoot us a message: info@familyrenewalproject.com.
We hope to see you there!