Abraham Mudrick of Silverton attended the Men’s Come, Follow Me Retreat in 2016. He had confession for the first time in years.
Abe learned that sin was “driving a wedge” between him and other people. He decided to try confession for the first time in decades. What did he have to lose?
“What I had to lose was a million ropes anchored down that were holding me back,” Mudrick says. “The Holy Spirit hit me like a hurricane. I came to know Jesus personally for the first time in my life.”
I was reading this inspirational story of a true American hero, a man who displays tremendous virtue including self sacrifice. Out of curiosity I googled to find his background. Turns out he is Catholic and a Knight of Columbus! An inspiration for us all.
To be human means that we are a dependent being by our very essence. Not only are we absolutely dependent on other persons and things for our bodily survival but we have to look beyond ourselves for our meaning. We have no fulfillment within ourselves and, what is more, we know that we are answerable not merely to ourselves but to another outside ourselves.
In countless ways we are at the mercy of forces beyond our control. Our existence is given without our previous consent; our heredity and all that goes with it of temperament, mental outlook, opportunities, and so forth are none of our choosing. We are conditioned from the start and can be burdened with immense handicaps and suffering. Even in those areas where theoretically we are free to choose, how many impediments come between, through tricks of fortune or the actions of others. We are frighteningly, pitifully dependent.
Nevertheless, we are answerable. We are free. In all this unfreedom and conditioning we are responsible for what we do. No one can remove this responsibility from us. We are answerable not for our temperament, not for the shape of our body, not for our natural capacity, but for what we do with these things. Our task is fundamentally the same as Jesus’. We have to live out our own individual life with its own particular amalgam, in love of God and our neighbor, bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, enduring all things. With all our heart we have to embrace this painful condition of dependency even when it presses most sorely, never trying to pretend that it is other than it is, never railing against it but accepting it in humble, trustful obedience to the Father, and through this loving obedience filtering out all that is evil, transforming it into gold.
Sister Ruth Burrows, o.c.d.
Sister Ruth is a Carmelite nun at Quidenham in Norfolk, England. She is the author of a number of bestselling books.
The 2017 retreat was held this last weekend. What a great event! About 40 team members and participants were on hand, making fellowship with other men and building their personal relationship with Christ. It was an honor to serve and participate with these men of faith.
Mark your calendar for the next men’s retreat – January 25-27, 2019 and the next women’s retreat – February 22-24, 2019. Note that we are not holding a retreat in calendar year 2018; we are moving the retreats to early in the year. We believe this will be a more convenient time for most men and women, and we can hold the two retreats within a few weeks of each other.
Jamie and Ed Diehl, along with Charlie Vandehey, were interviewed for ‘In Person’ with Dina Marie on Mater Dei Radio. The interview aired this morning, October 20th at 8AM. It will air again at 8PM tonight.
The Holy League Catholic Men’s Conference is coming up October 20th and 21st in Mt. Angel. Come, Follow Me Retreats will have a booth there to mission on the upcoming Men’s Retreat so please come by, say hello, and help spread the word! Note – the Spanish Conference is October 28th.)
You can learn more about the Holy League and the conferences here.
We are men who are called to battle as soldiers for our Lord Jesus. We have Jesus Christ as our king and the blessed virgin Mary as our queen. The holy league, in the spirit of Marion Chivalry , under the patronage of our Lady of Fatima, St. Joseph and St. Michael the Archangel, seeks to provide opportunities for faithful men to unite in prayer, especially through monthly Eucharistic holy hour and an annual conference. It is holy league’s mission, to spread the message of the spiritual war raging all around us. We recruit men to fight for souls, starting with their own households. Our mission is to bring our wives and children with us to heaven. With the armor of God, we can defeat the prince of this world. The most holy Eucharist, confession and Our Lady’s Rosary are our primary weapons in the battle for souls. We men of Holy League are armored daily by our lady, with her scapular for our shield and her rosary as our sword. We are evangelizing and asking men to join us in this battle. We engage in spiritual combat because we are the church militant! To Jesus through Mary! + AD JESUM PER MARIAM +