Fr. Mike Schmitz “The Marks of a True Christian Man” — Arlington Diocese Men’s Conference 2018

Fr. Mike Schmitz “The Marks of a True Christian Man” — Arlington Diocese Men’s Conference 2018


Our first speaker is a priest of the
Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota prior to his ordination in 2003 he
served as a lay missionary in Central America with the Society of Our Lady of
the Most Holy Trinity a lover of sports he has completed not one, not
two, but three Ironman triathlons in the past
Known nationally for his inspiring homilies he has become one of the most celebrated
Catholic speakers especially in the world of social media
every Wednesday he appears on Ascension Press which is an online evangelistic
platform providing faith-filled content and reflections on all things Catholic
he has preached across the country about the love of God and the call of Jesus
Christ for Saints to be raised up in his Church it is his ardent desire he says
that these Saints will someday redeem the whole world for Christ at present
he’s the Director of the Office of Youth Ministry for his home Diocese and the
chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry for the University of Minnesota
and Duluth gentlemen it is my honor to introduce father Mike Schmitz thank you all one thing I’m gonna put
this down and then I’m gonna use it later also I don’t mean to embarrass
Nico at all but I clarification so sometimes when people will say hey
Father how many ironmans have you done I used to have the policy of saying well
two or three knowing that the answer is actually two but my response wasn’t
dishonest I mean it’s two or three and so we just to clarify it’s only two so
you could say next time like not zero not one but two I know we already prayed
but is it okay I mean I hope you don’t mind if we just pray again just helps me
out cause I need the Holy Spirit and I think we just all ask the Holy Spirit to
help all of us this morning to receive what it is God wants to give us because
that’s the reality is that every man here is here because the Lord wants you
here he wants to give you something and I don’t know what that is and you might
not know what that is but he does want to give you something and let’s just
pray a prayer in addition to what our Vicar General had prayed just asking the
Holy Spirit to open our minds and our hearts in the name of the Father Son
Holy Spirit amen father and have we give you praise and
glory we thank you so much for this day I think you promised so much bringing us
here safely I ask that you please send your Holy Spirit upon the heart into the
hearts into the minds of every man who’s here send your spirit of the truth and
clarity into our mind that we can know your will and and know who you are that
we can know who we are in you it’s in your Holy Spirit of fire of love into
our hearts that we can love you as you deserve to be loved
that we can love those in our lives as you call us to love them father please
transform us by the power of your Holy Spirit help us to receive what it is you
want to receive so we can become the people you want us to become we make
this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord amen
name the Father Son Holy Spirit amen so a couple of things I want to thank
everyone for being here this morning I know it probably was a sacrifice and
there’s probably a thousand places you could be right now other than right
here right now and so just it’s kind of like an exercise you might know that
some of the people at your table already you might know that people you’re
sitting next to but that’s kind of an exercise I won’t make you do this again
this is the one time if you can just turn to someone sitting next to you and
answer the following question if you could be right now if you could be
anywhere in the world right now doing anything in the world right now where
would you be and what would you be doing so your game so if you could be anywhere
in the world right now doing anything in the world right now where would you be
and what would you be doing just couple moments they’re just gonna discuss
amongst yourselves ready go all right so I’m guessing I’m guessing a
lot of you were able to answer that that question maybe not everyone’s able to
answer the question but one of the things I noticed was how awesome 700
men’s voices how loudly that gets really quickly that was like I was gonna start
talking to the guy next to me but I couldn’t hear a thing so it’s decided to
sit quietly what I don’t know if I want to ask but anyone here close by I want
to kind of volunteer what what you were to what you would have said where what’s
that Aruba do you make a come on want to take it to Bermuda Bahama come on pretty
mama yeah Aruba what any any around Iceland doing what wrong Iceland
traveling around Iceland and eat nice and Iceland is green Greenland has ice I
learned that from the Mighty Ducks 2 yeah
dang it you ruined my joke no that’s exactly funny thing is I would say
that you know Aruba you’ve Iceland you have other places but there’s also that
that I’m gonna say 5% of people would say yeah this I mean whenever I
asked that question it’s roughly either the smart alecks or the or the
completely dunno genuine 5% people would typically in in a group would say no I
want to be right here right now that means 95% of us but honestly if you were to ask that if
you were if you were to be asked that question of yourself virtually any time
in your life if someone you know showed up at work and hey if you could be
anywhere in world right now doing anything in the world right now where
would you be what would you be doing they showed up you know normal Saturday
if you could be anywhere in the world doing anything in the world where would
you be what would you be doing almost all of us 95% of us not all of us but
95% of us would probably say the same exact answer somewhere else doing
something else now think about that like at any given moment all of us if given
the choice would be somewhere else doing something else like there’s something
off about that I think and it might be what we’re doing is wrong where we are
is wrong but it might be something deeper than that it might be might be
the fact that our perspective is off I still kind of want to start this morning
like that is our perspective dialed in for am I right here right now and do I
see that as a gift because the perspective of a man of faith the
perspective of a Catholic man essentially is this is that I’ve been
given a gift that every single moment that we’re living is a gift and that if
I constantly am wanting to be somewhere else doing something else one of the
things that means is I’m missing out on the gifts that the Lord is trying to
give me at this moment in during this thing because the perspective of a
Catholic is I can never find Christ in the past I can’t find Christ in the
future the only place I can find the Lord is right here and right now
because the past is gone and the future doesn’t exist yet but if I’m constantly look
constantly either looking back or constantly looking forward I’m missing
out on the gift of the present moment but especially as men how many times are
we like not present and that’s maybe what she says a lot to you
where you’re not there you’re not here you’re not with us right now and that’s
probably true because again we miss out on the gift our perspective might be a
little bit skewed but there’s respective of a disciple of Jesus is is right on
and basically what it means our perspective is is nothing gets wasted
nothing gets wasted maybe even in this moment is not the greatest moment in
this place is not the greatest place but in the Lord nothing is wasted as some of
you know who is the Blessed Stanley Rother is he Stanley Rother now or is he
Blessed now? Blessed. Blessed Stanley Rother from Oklahoma our Bishop was our
bishop was was telling me about him a couple weeks ago a couple months ago
and one of the things he noted is he said yes Blessed Stanley Rother is
life he knew grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and he really struggled in
school and really struggled in seminary in fact I think they made him take a
couple breaks because he was not the most academically sharp guy but during
that time during those breaks you know imagine as a seminarian he’d be like
what the I’m supposed to be a priest like how can I move forward how can God
use me if I keep getting sent away from the seminary to go back to work on the
farm they kept sending keep getting sent away from the seminary to go work on
whatever this this project or that project ultimately when Father Stanley
was was ordained they sent him down to Central America and because of this is
remarkable because of the time that he spent not in formation because of the
time that he said okay Stanley you have to go home and work the
farm because at that time that he spent not where he wanted to be not doing what
he wanted to do he was able to actually teach the indigenous people there the
farming techniques that he learned in those breaks he was able to raise them
up in a unique way that he wouldn’t have been able to do unless he had been sent
away from what he wanted to do being where he wanted to be why because the
big takeaway and this whole thing is with God nothing is wasted nothing gets
wasted if given to him and so again especially if this morning if I’d rather
be in other places doing other things in different chairs nothing is wasted
because what God is doing right now in your life and hopefully in my life
he’s trying to make us into the men he’s called us to be because I don’t think I
think a lot of us maybe some of you are already the man God has called you to be
but I think a lot of us are still becoming them in God is calling us to be
and so one of the things you know this morning we’re gonna talk about is what
are the marks of that kind of man like not just like what are they where those
men do because we could go through the list here’s that you need to do with
your checklist of like you do this do this do that but what are the more what
are the characteristics what kind of a person kind of a man is a mature
Catholic man I see that as one of the questions we want to answer this morning
so all of us can be that I think the first question you have to ask of course is
like what is it to be a man like ultimately at the heart of it what is it
what is it what is it when do you know you’re a man and I think if we just kind
of take it took a took a beat and like looked inside he’s asked the question
those of you who are men that other men see you as men when did you know you are
a man because in our culture there’s very there’s it’s very rare that there’s
a moment where someone steps into a man’s life and says okay you’re a man
now so we have to kind of guess at it we
don’t have a lot of those those kind of those rites of passage that in other
cultures they rely upon to say okay you were a boy yesterday and now you’re not
anymore now we’re bestowing manhood upon you so
we have to guess at it we’re like oh I was a man when I drove my own car
like okay that’s not true um we all know that’s not true
I’m a man when I turned 18 I can buy my own cigarettes or whatever the thing is
sorry I got some scratchy tickets you know like no that’s not being a man 18
years old I went to college maybe I became a man when I went to college
maybe when you got your first job it’s like that’s when I knew I was a man had
my first my first job maybe it was what I have a lot of our college students say
my first big boy job but still then they’re describing it as a big boy job maybe was getting married your first
child with all that that those options like but what what’s the one common
factor what’s the one common denominator the difference between I was a boy and
now I’m a man and I don’t think it’s external I think it’s internal I think
the first mark of a man is very very simple
it’s um to be an adult is to take a responsibility like to be to take
responsibility I think about the students that I work with the young men
I work with on the college campus they can be anywhere from 18 years old to
about 24 years old because some we have a graduate school in medical medical
school on campus and look at some of those 18 year olds and I just think of
all the scenes of D-Day that I’ve ever seen you know the beach of Normandy I
think these guys are roughly the same age the whole you know 18 to 24 years
old beyond I think in the Battle of the Bulge like reading those stories of
those men who were there yeah in Europe or in the Pacific Theater I just think
of like those men they’re the exact same age and I think I wonder the question
keeps coming up like what’s the difference between those men who served
and these men in front of me and I don’t think it I don’t think it’s it’s it’s a
difference of like wool these men back in the day they were facing battle they
were facing in a conflict they were really thrown into it I think the
difference is our forefathers took responsibility first thing the first
thing we take responsibility for is a responsibility for ourselves because
remember we think about when you were a child when you’re a boy like you don’t
have to tell me where to go I’ll go there which is one of the reasons why so
many husbands and wives ultimately become a little bit grating on each
other because at first he’s like tell me where
to go wife she’s like great I will you know
actually I’d be but one of the best sins
for men is is gonna be passivity one of the things that men are at men are
inclined what are inclined towards more inclined toward passivity and one of the
settings sins that women are inclined towards is control and at first in a
relationship that works out great you tell me what to do that’s great you
you’re taking I don’t have to do anything you’re gonna take control
wonderful awesome she’s like great finally I can take control and like
you’re letting me take control this is wonderful and it works out well for a
little while and then all of a sudden what happens is like what the heck how
come I don’t get to make any decisions and not she’s saying what that why won’t
you take any responsibilities just start to do the thing mm-hmm testify because
to be a man to ultimately be a man I need to reject passivity I need to
embrace responsibility to be a man ultimately I need to reject that
passivity that’s in all of us and to embrace responsibility again first for
myself and then for other people to embrace responsibility first for myself
and then for other people but the problem of course with that is that um
I’d rather be somewhere else doing something else but if that’s you that’s
not a problem well it is a problem but it’s not a new problem it’s actually
goes back to the its oldest it’s a tailless all this time and it goes back
to that the Desert Fathers say now have you ever heard of the you heard the the
sin of sloth some people say sloth but that reminds me of that three-toed thing
so the sin of sloth or the sin of acedia a lot of them people think that’s a sin
of just laziness it’s not the sin of sloth ultimately comes down to this it
comes down to I would rather be somewhere else doing something else rather than embracing this moment and
embracing a respondent irresponsibility that’s been given to me in this moment
so the Desert Fathers would write about this they called acedia the noonday
devil because they they were out in the in the wilderness or how it is in a
desert in there a little Hut and they had already gotten up you know that in
the cool of the morning they’d already said their morning prayers and now what
they had to do between 10 o’clock in the morning and roughly 2 in the afternoon
these had to sit there and pray in the desert under the Sun in a hut they
hadn’t yet had the meal at the end of the day but the coolness of the morning
has worn off and burned away and now it’s that middle of the day where it’s
just like nothing seems to be happening I just want to go somewhere else they
said those are the moments when they had all the great ideas of like you know
what I could do I can go back into the town and I can help so many people and I
give you right now is that good I could go and do this it’ll be such a great
idea you know I should do right now I should go and do something else
somewhere else which is one of the reasons why acedia or sloth is not
foreign to us we might experience it every day we definitely experience it in
our lifetime since the called a midlife crisis I mean think about the beginning
of one’s life there’s so much promise it’s fresh it’s new it’s like
what could I possibly do and then you start a course and chart this course and
here in the middle of that day from 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock it seems like
nothing’s changing nothing’s happening I don’t know how to get up and I go to
work and I do the thing and like yeah promotions where it used to happen and
innovation used to happen and excitement used to be there and now it’s kind of
the same people doing the same thing every day until I retire not yet there
I’m not where I was and something in this makes me just want to be somewhere
else doing something else the desert Father said when it when a man
experiences that in his life the best thing you can do is to embrace it the
best thing you can do is just like say no I’m planted here like I’m not moving
I’m going to engage with this with everything I’ve got
why because member with the Lord nothing’s wasted in one of the things
that gets so frustrating is that everyone’s counting on me now I actually
I can not only can I not choose to leave like I can’t leave I imagine a lot of
men in this room have experienced this it’s one thing you know it’s a it’s like
it’s like Lent right it’s one thing to not eat meat on Friday because you
just don’t want some it’s another thing to not eat meat because someone else
told you not to eat meat and now they’re saying no no it’s not an option anymore
you can’t and you feel like all stifled like I don’t I don’t like this as much
I’m not free and that’s again this mid life this this is time of acedia I’d
rather be somewhere else doing something else but I can’t why because I have to
be here I don’t I don’t even have a choice anymore if that’s you I got I
gotta ask you please for your own sake for the sake of your family for the sake
of your parish for the sake of like society don’t leave don’t run like
embrace it because this is that’s when mature men are formed there’s taking
responsibility as young man it’s exciting being given responsibility and
embracing it as a middle-aged or older man is less glamorous it’s less fun but
it’s more important it’s more important why because so many of us so many of us
happen by that midday had been lulled to sleep so many missed by the midday band
lulled to sleep and I think I was thinking about this because um in in the
Scriptures in in first Peter chapter 5 St. Peter’s writing to the community but
let’s say he’s just writing to us he’s writing to you and he says he says as he
says came in be sober and vigilant your opponent the devil is prowling like a
roaring lion lion looking for someone to devour
resist him steadfast in your faith knowing that your fellow believers in
this context your fellow men throughout the world undergo the same suffering so
you think about this your point of the devil’s probably like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour resist him solid in your faith we
realize you know we have an enemy we have
we have the world we have the flesh as our enemies we also have the devil we
have the evil one as our enemy as well as well as Saint Peter says that he
prowls like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour
but it’s interesting because I was looking at like a National Geographic
type TV show and it was following a pride of lions and it was showing how
how Lions actually fight so imagine here’s a pride of lions and there’s like
the alpha lion like that the lead male at one you know numerous points in that
lead males life one of the young lions the young male lions will come up and
and challenge the older lion for to lead the pride right and it’s interesting
because they they highlighted this see how they kind of challenge each other
it’s really interesting because it’s kind of like how human beings challenge
each other at first at least because what they’ll do is the young guy the
young lion will kind of walk by the older line I just got give my shoulder
and I was like that’s like in the bar that doesn’t happen at a bar you’re
standing there all of a sudden some guy walks by and just kind of I’m not gonna
move you’re like what is this what we’re doing now okay I guess you know but
that’s all it is it’s basically saying what are you gonna do the young lion
comes by little shoulder what are you gonna do and it always starts subtle
doesn’t it like when it comes to that battle the battle we experienced the
battle we face especially particularly when it comes to evil when it comes
after us it always starts with like that what are you gonna do I’m gonna back
down you’re gonna run away are you gonna engage if we’re lulled to sleep in this
kind of sense of like I want to I want to brace passivity and reject
responsibility what are you gonna do but then the next step is so remarkable is
when the lines and end up funny when that when the when the lead male says
okay I’m gonna fight the young guy coming up and they attack each other
what they noted was they don’t go for the face they don’t go for like each
other’s jugulars or anything when two lions two male lions fight they go for
each other’s genitals basically the basically they’re trying to castrate the
other lion that’s that’s that that’s the fight right there
is all I get that’s what they know they write the male line now know is that if
you’re challenging me all I need to do is castrate you and then you’re no
longer a threat you can’t lead this pride if you are emasculated so all I
need to do that’s all I need to do I don’t even need I don’t need to destroy
you you know Scripture devil prowls like a like a roaring lion looking
for someone to devour no I don’t like the Satan doesn’t even
have to devour us as men all he has to do is castrate us all he has to do is
render us powerless so we’re no longer a threat and so what are the ways what are
the ways they in your life in my life that I’ve allowed Satan to castrate me
meaning I’ve allowed him to render me powerless that to Satan he looked at you
were me and he says you’re not even a threat are you kidding me
you’re not even willing to embrace normal responsibilities of a man much
less a mature Catholic man you’re no threat to me powerless that’s a lot of
us I think because we’ve allowed that strength with a lot of that power to be
taken from us but the first mark of a Catholic man is he takes responsibility
and he’s willing to fight takes responsibility he’s willing he’s willing
to engage takes responsibility he says okay I’m not gonna be lulled to sleep
I’m not gonna choose comfort over truly choosing heroism like truly choosing
heroism so what’s the Catholic man gonna do he’s gonna strive to neck in that
second second mark of a Catholic man he’s gonna strive to be competent
because we need to be responsible but we have to also strive to be competent in
fact we must strive to be competent because we need to be men who are men of freedom and men of power need to be men of freedom and of power but how often do
we can feel powerless why because I’ve been taken out I’ve been I don’t know
what to do I mean I’ve been driving embracing passivity for so long that now
it comes time someone says ‘hey men got to lead your family like I do it she
does it what does it mean lead my family okay kids were going to church now for
now on that’s what we’re doing you lay down the law done I told them told them
I’m going to church I need to be calm I need to become competence which means I need to train myself there’s this church word
let’s now it’s Church word but used to not be a church word if the church the
word is asceticism you guys heard of asceticism asceticism basically means
penance you know the penances we pick up whether it’s in Lent or and other times
we’re alive but I said as an asceticism originally didn’t mean penance ascesis
ASCESIS, asceticism, actually is a Greek word that means training so
asceticism is training so Lent, a time of asceticism not just a hold of time
opponents oh gosh I gave up sweetener in my coffee well really good for you
that’s wonderful but is it training because it helped me
become as it helping me become more and more free more and more powerful more
and more competent we need to become men of competence when men of training
that’s why I’m say St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians chapter 9 he
writes this he says don’t you know that all the runners in the stadium they all
run the race but only one wins the prize run so as to win every athlete exercises
discipline in every way they do it to win a perishable crown but we an
imperishable one thus I do not run aimlessly I do not fight as if I were
shadow boxing no I drive my body and I train it ascesis so that after having
preached to others I myself may not be disqualified this recognition of like
okay that’s what I need to do my ascesis my self-denial my training is oriented
towards becoming a man of competence doesn’t have to be competence in any one
particular area because some of you are really good at computers some of you
really got to teach so we are great at administration some
are really good at coaching or whatever the thing is that you’re good at that’s
wonderful and every man needs to become competent in something but every single
one of us needs become competent in this one thing in this training of sainthood
this discipline of being able to act when it’s time to act
people to fight when it’s time to fight to be able to lead the people in our
circle when it’s time to lead them and also yes the ability to serve when it’s
time to serve them because competence isn’t just being that you know the the
Big Shot on the block you know competence isn’t just being the one who
can do the the big grandstanding thing competence is I’m able to serve my bride
when she needs me to serve her I’m able to serve my children when they need me
to serve them I’m able to serve I perish when they need me to serve them you’re
single guy I need to be able to serve my friends my parents when they need me to
serve them that’s competence and that competence is
power that that power ultimately is freedom but I can’t get there unless I
become a man of ascesis a man of asceticism a man of training and
everything I love that there’s a young man here as well like younger guys
because the Good News is it’s you’re not you’re never too late to start you’re
also you’re not too young to start it when it comes to becoming competent when
comes that training you’re not it’s never too late to start but guys it is
also you are not too young to start this training you start this training in
asceticism this training of competence is training of like I don’t want it what
I want to do now is live in such a way that when the Lord calls me to something
that where he needs me to be there he needs me to show up ready that I can
show up ready so one of my favorite stories one of here four people in the
whole Bible is David from you know the Old Testament David I love this guy and
so you all know the story right there when David comes on the scene and his
first kind of big moment is the Philistine Giants his name is gonna lie
you’re awake still um that y’all look away I’m just kidding um well Goliath
challenges the zero Israelite army and he not only insults the Israelites he
insults the Lord and David here’s this is like oh no oh
no oh no you are not not only are you not insulting the Israelite army you are
not insulting my God you know the challenge of course was like let’s not
have these two armies fight let’s just have two guys fight that way no one else
one guy has to die that’s it Goliath comes out and says just send one
guy out nobody goes out there no one was ready to move everyone else what are
they someone else is gonna do it someone else is gonna do it I can embrace
passivity and reject responsibility because someone else is gonna they would
be a better fighter anyways than I am I mean I don’t want to say that I’m the
guy so you have this passivity have an inability passivity and powerlessness in
the whole Israeli army and then David comes up and he was just a kid
and he says well I’ll fight him and I love this is from First Samuel chapter
17 he goes to sking Saul and he says I’ll fight Goliath and in Saul says this
Saul says actually David’s first says let your Majesty not lose courage I’m at
your service to go and fight this Philistine just put yourself in Saul’s
shoes for just one moment you’ve been kind of holed up on this one Hill a
looking across the valley of a lot at the other monstrous army of the
Philistines and the monster Goliath has come down to challenge for weeks and
months now and this boy comes up don’t be afraid I’m here and so Saul responds in the way we
didn’t imagine him to respond he said you can’t go up against this Philistine and
fight with him because you’re only a youth he’s been a
warrior since his youth but then David gives this answer that just like it this
is what makes me love David then David told Saul well I used to
attend my father’s sheep and whenever a lion or a bear came to carry off a sheep
from the flock I would go after it and attack it and rescue its prey from its
mouth like oh yeah like this out David spends his summers weights now that kind
of it’s like I played a lot Xbox so like I know how to do this you know you have
no idea on what level and call duty I’m at like I’m like super like I’ve been in
battle you know whenever a lion or a bear would come up I would go after it
and attack it and risk his prey for his mouth then he goes on to say if it
attacked me I would seize it by the jaw strike it and kill it and I’ve served
I’ve killed both the lion and a bear and this uncircumcised Philistine will be
like one of them because he has insulted the armies of the Living God
I mean think of that boldness but think of that competence he did not waste his
youth period he’d mean that waste is youth he
didn’t waste his life he didn’t say well my brothers are off you know fighting
but I have to be the shepherd here no this is training why because perspective
God doesn’t waste anything there’s no experience in your life that if handed
over to the Lord he can’t use transform and make into something incredible
here’s David I have to be a shepherd so I’m you know I’m gonna do I’m gonna
fight I’m gonna train I’m gonna be competent I become a competent Shepherd
so the later on I can become a competent warrior and later on can become a
competent King everything everything can be used in your life say well I wasted
up till now to then change even handing your past as broken as it might be over
to the Lord means okay Lord you have it now now you can use it take that straw
of mine and weave it something amazing you can allow him
to use this so you and I can become a kind of people through acesis through
asceticism through training the kind of people that he wants us to meet made us
to be it doesn’t have to be huge actually here’s the here’s a little
freebie um it can be something small it could be something really small could be
something so easy that you hate me for it there’s a saint named St. Josemaria
Escriva and he’s awesome he’s so great but he proposed a thing called the
heroic minute and it’s one it’s really big one moment really big among our
college students who are trying to grow in competence and trying to grow in that
freedom that power because the aerobic heroic men minute is something that
happens at least once every day and it doesn’t hurt anyone to do it but it’s
incredibly difficult Josemaria Escriva said the heroic minute
is the moment the alarm goes off in the morning you wake up and get out of bed he was very anti snooze button what am I think about think about what
goes into that first of all he says it doesn’t hurt it’s the kind of penance acesis training that anyone can do and it will never hurt you like sometimes well
I don’t want to fast too much because you know I need to keep my strength up
like oh I don’t want to give up this or that because I need to like getting up
on time doesn’t hurt anybody but it’s very very difficult because it involves
at least at least two things it involved taking responsibility for deciding ahead
of time when I’m going to get up that tomorrow how many times no maybe some of
you men are like listen that was the decision I made fifty years ago I’m good
I figured that problem out like wonderful that’s good
but not everyone in this room is where you’re at because many people many of us
when we go to bed the night before unless there’s something we have to do
we don’t decide when we’re gonna wake up I’m gonna get up wrong this time maybe
if I want to work out maybe I was at the alarm for early in case I want to say
feel like getting up and working out newsflash you’re not gonna feel like
getting up and working out I’m gonna set my alarm because maybe
I’ll get up and pray tomorrow morning you know if I have extra time again just
this just in you will not feel like getting up and praying tomorrow morning
but the night before in the heroic minute involves means the night before I
decided this is what I’m gonna do this is when I’m going to get up taking
responsibility for my life and the second thing that involves is integrity
in the moment of choice I’ve decided ahead of time this is the
kind of man I want to be the one who gets up at 5:15 that’s that is me then
when the alarm goes off at 5:15 okay this is this is it this is integrity in
the moment of choice because that’s the third that’s the third mark of a
Catholic man responsibility competence and integrity integrity I was I was
thinking about myself you know in to praying over this and talking about
where I lead a group of men on campus and we were talking about what is it
what what are the character what’s the character of a Catholic man Oh a man
that you know I’m grown up and one of the one of the things was the ability
the ability to look another man whom you respect in the eyes and just meet his
gaze like and then seven the young men were like what do you mean I said
because you know Phil came out you’re looking into the eyes of a man you
respect and you know if you have some fracture in yourself you want to look
away you want to maybe is this also true with your brides it is also true with
your wife whom you probably love and respect then if you feel this fracture
in your own life and she’s looking at you right in the eyes just like I can’t
meet your gaze why because I lack this thing called integrity but there’s
something about again there’s something about the power of like knowing I’ve
embraced responsibility even as imperfect as I am and breaks
responsibility I’ve strived to become a a man of competence in this area of just
like no I can tell myself to move and I will move I
have the ability to do what I said I was gonna do competence not only to have the
ability I do it integrity because competence is the ability to do what you
said you’re gonna do integrity is doing what you said you were gonna do every
man in this room has been consecrated by Jesus Christ as a son of God every man
in this room has been anointed by the Holy Spirit and set on mission I don’t I
don’t I don’t know if you I don’t know how well all of us have been in pure
eyes that but every man in this room has been consecrated and sent on mission
you’ve all been anointed right because we know when you were baptized priest
places hand on you or the Deacon of the Bishop with holy oil instead I know you
priest prophet and King you’re anointed that anointed one is Christ right Christ
means anointed one straw a little anointed ones a little like Christitoes all consecrated for a mission you know David was also an anointed one when
San where the Prophet came along and he said no your anointed the next king of
Israel and he gave David this mission and David grew incompetence took
responsibility and tried to walk in integrity but that what happened was
something later on as David got older David stopped walking in integrity and
it’s also one of the reasons I love David but it’s also one of the reasons
it’s hard to love David because David started out so well without embracing
responsibility and growing in competence training himself asceticism and having
integrity but then what happened was this is just it gets deadly you know you
you fast-forward a couple chapters and then what you find is who exchanged in
second Samuel second Samuel chapter 11
you see David who’s been consecrated and put on mission living off mission here’s
what it looks like doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen all at once Chapter eleven second samuel at the turn
of the year when Kings go out on campaign David sent out Joab along with
his officers and the army of Israel so pause sometimes I think a lot of times
when we think of Kings of you know kingdoms or nations whatever we often
have the maybe not you but I often have the image of like the the king was sits
back you know on his big throne and they have the palm fronds and they kind of
fan him and feeding him grapes kind of a thing but the real vision of kingship
back in the ancient world was that the king was the one who defended his people
the king was a warrior for his people the king didn’t send his people into
battle the king led his people into battle so the king was a warrior for the
people and so then you have this first line in chapter 11 where at the turn of
the year when Kings go out in battle David sent out Joab and his armor
bearers while he himself remained in Jerusalem red flag number one David sent
a mission to be anointed what to fight for his people but he’s asked them where
else is gonna do this does that look at David’s embracing
responsibility no he’s embracing passivity you’re gonna do that you’re
faithful to me you’re loyal to me awesome yeah go out and take care of
that meanwhile David remain in Jerusalem first – one evening David rose from his
siesta okay it’s not like David had to stay back listen guys I need to stay
back in Jerusalem because there’s a lot of stuff going on I got I got budget
meetings I’ve got some other strategic we have planning a building like he rose
from his siesta while all of his men are out in the back in battle like what the
heck David strike two now do what you should be doing rose
from a siesta and strolled about the roof of the palace from the roof he saw
a woman woman bathing who was very beautiful red
like number three okay walking on your roof like whoa oh gosh okay ceiling
scene you know ceiling scene when I was growing up we watching a movie if
there’s ever like something inappropriate on the on the screen my
parents would always say ceiling scene way to look up so David
strolling around the roof of the palace sees a woman bathing she was very
beautiful okay whoa oh gosh okay never mind what
is it was David knew him David that enquiries made about the woman and was
told well she’s Bathsheba the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Joab’s
armor-bearer Uriah the Hittite and that woman you think they say okay gosh I
didn’t realize married woman okay whatever just cold shower go home you
know kind of a thing but then it says David sent for her think about this like
this is here’s David anointed on mission like meant to be great
what’s the theme call it to greatness made for greatness and actually
embracing that responsibility and living in that confidence and living an
integrity for so long but all doesn’t he just starts to slide all of a sudden he
just starts to slide and that slide starts with I’m not gonna do what I’m
supposed to do I’m just gonna stay here and then when I’m here I’m not even
gonna do this I’m just gonna see what else is on Netflix and it’s kind of
binge watch some shows and order in and then there’s okay that’s inappropriate I
should look away now I’m not gonna then it’s like oh no she’s off-limits like I
don’t care he sent for her have relations with her and then sent her
home that’s this is the story he sent for her have relations with her and then
sent her home now we have a problem today with men treating women badly but
even this hero in the Bible had a problem treating women badly that’s why again if you this is a
description or maybe a chapter of your life maybe it’s a chapter you’re living
in right now David still a hero in the Bible because something else happens but
it gets worse before it gets better because he’d probably know the story
comes back who Bathsheba sends word to him and says I’m with child and so David
freaks out David says how am I gonna cover this up so he tells Joab to send Uriah
the husband back to Jerusalem to report to him how things are going
so David eats with Uriah husband of the woman that he just slept with him got
pregnant tries to get him drunk and send him back home but Uriah is man who’s on
mission and lives on mission a man of integrity who lived with integrity and
Uriah says no man asleep at the gates because I can’t go home to my wife when
my brothers are out in battle David hears about this and calls him says why
didn’t you go back to your wife and he says that he says because far be it for
me I’m just a I’m faithful to my brothers I can’t go to see my wife right
now because that won’t be fair to them so that night David tries to get him
drunk again it sends him back home he’ll get him drunk it got a little frisky and
have to go back home but Uriah still a man of integrity says no I can’t
I’m living on mission so you have this man has made for Mission who’s living
off mission and this man was made for mission Uriah who’s living on mission so
much so that what’s david do david has to arrange to have Uriah killed he sends a note with Uriah to give to
Joab saying put Uriah at the front and when the fighting gets fiercest pull
back and let him get struck down and so here’s this great king who from his
youth has been a man of God from his youth there’s been a man of
responsibility competence and integrity who in this moment has become now an
adulterer and a murderer how to start you didn’t start with adultery and
didn’t start with murder it started with I just don’t want to do
what I’m supposed to be doing I don’t want to be where I’m supposed to be
doing what I’m supposed to be doing and it becomes this slide the great news is for us and and and for
David is that God stopped the slide God stop the slide and David but it meant
something had to be broken is there a slide going on in your life
right now where you find yourself just like yeah I’m getting closer and closer
to that edge I’m getting I’m not you know I’m not the man I thought I was
gonna be if you look at the mark of a true Catholic man like I don’t know I
don’t know I’m trying to embrace responsibility I try to become a man of
competence but right now I don’t know if I’m a man of integrity because I think
I’m a man living on a shadow mission they were hearing that term for the
first time shadow mission years ago I was reading a book and is recounted the
story of this these men on retreat he’s a men’s retreat kind of like this but
like days and they talked about the idea of being made for mission but not living
on mission and living for a shadow mission like giving your life to be on
this shadow mission instead and and one of the men it talks about this and
prayed about this and that night I’d run a campfire but when things kind of got
quiet he was sat there and he’s poking at the fire with a stick and he said out
of nowhere he said just my shadow mission guys you need to know this my
shadow mission is when late at night when my wife and kids have gone to sleep
I go to our computer and I engage in destructive behavior while the rest of
the world can go to hell and the guys that never on the circle kind of
chuckled like haha too much information but he stopped he said no you you need
to know this while my wife and my kids are in bed I go to our family computer
and I engage in destructive behavior while the rest of the world can go to
hell and that’s my shadow mission here’s a man of Jesus a man of Christ a
Catholic man is meant to live for others it meant to live on mission yet so many
of us have been taken away castrated MIT rendered powerless by that shadow
mission we’re gonna dig n again it doesn’t have to be that doesn’t have to
be that way that’s the fourth mark fourth mark talking with this young man
he’s a senior this year he gratis graduating in two months I said Peter
when will you know that you’re grown up when will you know that you’re a man
after God’s own heart and he said I think this I think I think when I have a
hold of my sexuality in such a way that I never want to use another human being
I’m holding my sexuality and I never want to look at a woman never want to
use a woman in the wrong way then up they don’t know that I’m grown up I’m no
longer a child nor a boy no longer moved by my emotions about my hormones but I
have control of that of course I’ll have sexual thoughts course on sexual desires
but um they’re not in control of me another guy said when I can look at
other people and not ask what can they do for me but when I look at other
people and say how can I serve them and I took both of their answers and I said
so basically both of those things are you’ll know you’re a man when you’re no
longer selfish they said yeah I don’t want to use her from my own lusts I
don’t want to use this person for my own advancement I’m a longer selfish now but
the Christian word for selflessness is called charity C.S. Lewis writes
about this and he says back if you asked if you asked Christians these days this
was back in 1920 or 1930 mass Christians these days what’s the highest Christian
virtue they would say selflessness but he says that’s not actually accurate
selflessness is a negative thing it’s like holding yourself back from being
selfish the positive Christian virtue is called charity or love it’s the first
mark forth mark of a Catholic man is love that he’s he’s
the kind of man who can love and when I say love it I mean like Valentine’s Day
like you know like you’ve buy your wife flowers or whatever again it’s I’m in power to
be able to say I will not I cannot I do not permit myself to use another person
for my own gain around pleasure I want to will the good of the others
all those people around me I want to will their good it’s an active thing
right it’s not passive I reject passivity I’m embracing
responsibility of saying like no I become a man who actually can love it
can love really really well I’m taking responsibility for this but to live like
that would look very different it’s live like that would would would make you
look weird that’s why it’s one of the reasons I think that one of the things
that gets us and though gets in the way of our being authentic Catholic men a
mature Catholic men is because we don’t like looking weird we want to look like
everyone else I think of that I think of how how much that is that’s that’s
driven so many of like so much of what we do what we wear what we drive where
the house looks like the kind of job we chose say I don’t want to blend and I
kinda I just look like everyone else I don’t want to stick out to love to truly
love like Jesus it says you’re gonna look different and I think that a lot of
ways we don’t want to look different in fact um when we start looking different
people get freaked out I got an email but I must been a year ago I got an
email from a mom and her son was in college not our college but at a
different College and he had gone to a Catholic college students conference and
she wrote to me cuz she said he came back from this conference you know she
said my sent my sweet my husband and I sent our son our one son to Catholic
high school K through 12 Catholic High School we paid a lot of money to go send
the Catholic High School then we then he went to this other you
know public school because it had a really good Newman Center and he went to
this conference and all of a sudden explain this to me what happened because
now he goes to daily Mass and now he’s in a Bible study and now
like in discipleship whatever that is and now he’s looking at moving in with
some other men who are Catholic next year looking at a lease with them and I
didn’t even know that about two weeks ago he went on the seminary visit and
didn’t even tell me till after he got back what did they do to my son as his
member reading this going like okay I what is happening here I just like she
was so upset she was so upset because her son was wanting to be a common
disciple of Jesus and I just kept looking I had to write back and I
honestly I wrote maybe 12 drafts of this email because I’m like calm down just
calm down just calm just delete delete delete okay rewrite this how would I but
basically I head right back and say um so you spent a lot of money K through 12
sending him to Catholic school because you wanted your son to be a nice boy you
spent you sent your kids to Catholic school because he wanted to be wanted
him to be a good kid you sent you spent all this time all this effort bringing
him to Mass all this time because he wanted him to be a good citizen who paid
his taxes and stayed out of jail but you didn’t send him to this place cause you wanted him to be a disciple of Jesus you just wanted him to be nice
you didn’t want him to be someone who loves you wanted him to be someone who
fit in think about that 12 years of Catholic education thousands and
thousands of dollars so that my son would be a good kid that is aiming way
too low way too low and now now that he actually is taking it seriously the call
of Jesus Christ you’re freaking out I said I think the problem isn’t with your
son I think the problem is with you and hit Send and then quickly rewrote another email
saying I’m sorry if I was a little too harsh than that last email eight hours
later she had already responded and to her credit to her credit her heart was
open and she was like yeah you’re right she I was just afraid all these other
moms that had gone to the school you know high school with my son all the
other moms were talking about how their their kids were you know living the
college life and that was worried that if he lived like this then he would be
weird that he’d be odd but I get it and that’s the thing dads you know man
college these days I’ve been on the college campus for the last 13 years
camp college these these days is so much different than it was when even I
graduated 20 live or 20 years ago so much different and if your sons or your
daughters are not living the average college life experience that’s a really
good thing I don’t want to be different I don’t want to look if I don’t want
them to look different again that’s nothing new either that’s something new
either because I mean think about Scripture in the Old Testament when when
our Lord the Lord God delivered the people of Israel from slavery and he led
them into the Promised Land after 40 years of wandering in the desert he gave
them all these rules you’re gonna have to wear different clothing you have to
eat kind of different different ends of food let me think about you you’re not
going to be able to eat lobster or bacon then Jesus came and we can eat bacon now and life is good but you can’t you have
to have your hair a different way why because you have to look differently and
talk differently you have to live differently because you’re gonna want to
fit in but you can’t fit in again not because you’re better but because you’re
mine and Catholic men telling you this is the truth that if we want to actually
be Catholic men in this culture we’re going to have to live differently that
kind of love that love is going to look defiant that’s the four plus one mark of
a Catholic man in this culture is you’re going to have to be defiant this won’t
this mom she wanted her son to be a nice boy she want him to be a good kid and
you know what being agreeable and our culture is really nice being agreed
people like people in our culture who are agreeable I like people
I like being agreeable but if you’re going to be a Catholic man you have to
be defined as well have to be defined is the last thing you’re going to have to
be defiant yeah I live in Duluth Minnesota which is about as far from
Washington DC as you can get I mean it is kind of the hub of politics and you
know Midwest a lot of important people like rub
elbows with you guys no way more than I do about the state of things I don’t
want to be alarmist but I think what’s the next thing that’s gonna be taken I
think if we keep going the way we’re going is religious liberty I mean has
already been a number of assaults on that front but not a lot of push back a
bit but not in proportion to the attack and again I don’t want to be alarmist
about this but I think the next thing is gonna be taken is gonna be religious
liberty and I don’t think it’ll make a difference in the lives of most Catholic
men because even if religious liberties taken away you’ll still be able to go to
Mass on Sunday that’s what you’re doing with your private time you keep in Mass
inside the church walls even if religious liberties taken away you still
be able to you know pray a rosary in private if you want it for religious
liberty is taken away nope no problem it probably you’ll still be able to send
your kids to religious ahead and drop them off and not have any conversations
with them about what they’re learned or what they didn’t learn I just pardon me
things like yeah we’re never taken away why because we have it now what the hell
are you doing with it I mean everyone in this room we’ve had religious liberty
for over 200 years what have you done with it I use it to
go to church in the leave Church at church I use it again this is it the
drop my kids off our lives ed let someone else teach them about who God is
I use it to just kind of be like everyone else and you have I’ve had
religious liberty our entire lives and I’ve done virtually I don’t know about
you’re in dear interior life I don’t know the details of your life but I’ve
done virtually nothing with it why cuz we don’t think we need to be
defiant just want to live like everyone else hit this cultures winning there’s a man
um a couple years ago I heard his story incredible man he grew up in Luzon
region of China and in the Lausanne region of China apparently it’s still
illegal to be Catholic like the real Catholic Church and so in order to have
Mass they would have to have these clandestine Masses in the middle of the
night or the priest would have to sneak under the cover of darkness over to
their homes and their neighbors who are Catholic would would join them in secret
and all throughout Mass in middle that 3 a.m.
they’d have to have you know sentries position outside the homes watching to
see if anyone was coming the authorities were coming one one night after Mass had
wrapped up one of the sentries Ryan had ran in and sent sound of the alarm so
everyone’s scattered except this man who that was his even his family ran away
but it was his home so he had to stay there
authorities came in they could tell that Mass had been celebrated there so they
arrested him for the next three to four weeks they stripped him naked they
starved him they burned him and cut him any I want to point he said that they
they had jerry-rigged you know what a cattle prod is? An electric cattle prod? They jerry-rigged it so you can you can you can mess with it so it has up to 1 million volts and
they tied him to you know the wall and they just used that cattle prod on
various parts of his body saying you just tell us who the priest is just tell
us where the priest is let’s just listen if you tell us where he is you can go
home to your family if you tell us where he is this is all over with if you can
tell us where he is then we get you you’re free and this man he’s amazing
this man is a hero he didn’t he didn’t tell cause he knew he knew that
if I told where the priest was then my family won’t have Mass for the next who
knows how many years and if I tell where the priest says my neighbors won’t have
Mass for who knows how many years and we can’t I cannot live without the Mass
when they found out they after he knows only couple weeks they will not break
this guy they sent him home anything about this
this man hero this is this was a couple years ago this isn’t like 20
years ago this is more like 10 years ago this man like a hero for the Eucharist a
hero for the church a hero for the Lord Jesus it’s incredible the amount of pain
he suffered in fighting for our Eucharist in fighting for our Lord pretty
soon after they sent him back home he and his family escaped and they came to the
United States they don’t live very far from here couple hours and they got to
the states in to me immediately was awesome he said it immediately it was
just like we did not only can we go to Mass every day I can walk my family down
the street and publicly walk into a Catholic Church so they would do that
every morning they get up and he would just he would lead his wife he’d lead
his family into mass just rejoicing the fact that I don’t have to fight anyone
to get here but he also realized that you know America is an awesome country
and in America more or less if you work hard you can get more money and if you
work harder you can get even more money so he said I want to provide for my
family the way of opportunities here I never had back in China she started
working so hard he’s like listen I can’t go to daily Mass with you guys anymore
but you take the kids after a couple years of that I can’t a couple months of
that he found out that you get some extra overtime if he worked on Sundays
too so we found himself occasionally missing Mass on Sunday and then it
became he would only go to Mass on Christmas
and Easter in the last I heard it was maybe two years ago Easter like two
years ago he didn’t even go to Mass and think about this this man is a hero for
the Eucharist and he literally bled for Jesus’s body blood soul and divinity I know he doesn’t go to Mass and the man
who shared that story with me he said I want you to pay attention to this and
I’m fighting you to pay attention to this as well
don’t miss this or this country what communism couldn’t do what torture
couldn’t do what being burned and being electrocuted and being starved couldn’t
do our culture was able to do and it didn’t even have to try taking this hero
of a man and making him absolutely powerless castrated no longer a threat
that man in China was a threat Satan hate hated hates him that man
could lead his family to heaven that man that man was dangerous and that man
was the kind of man who was leading not only his family but people around him
closer and closer to God in this culture he is powerless he’s by this culture
he’s been castrated in this culture he’s no longer a threat what that culture
couldn’t do and that battle couldn’t do our culture did and didn’t even have to
try men here’s the reality to be a Catholic man in this day and age be a
Catholic man in this culture in this world and in this place we’re gonna have
to be men who reject passivity and embrace responsibility we have to be men
who are actually deep in training and asceticism in ascesis and saying like
every day I want to trained more and more to be like Jesus
we trained more and more to be like the Son loving the Father men and women men
who can not only not only can do what we need to do we need to do it but do what
we need to do when we need to do it men of integrity and mineral willing to love
enough to be different to love enough to look different to love enough to be
defiant my guarantee is if we become men like that responsibility competence
integrity love and defiance there is no way with our Lord Jesus Christ in the
power of the Holy Spirit there is no way that this culture this whole world and
especially your families won’t be redeemed for Jesus Christ
I’ll glory be to the Father to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the
beginning is now and ever shall be world without end amen the Father Son Holy
Spirit amen

59 thoughts on “Fr. Mike Schmitz “The Marks of a True Christian Man” — Arlington Diocese Men’s Conference 2018

  1. Hi everyone, first of all, congratulations to Catholic diocese of Arlington for promoting this amazing conference and let us watch this preaching.
    I'm from Brazil and really loved watching it. I'd like to know if there is a transcription of this video, just as I like to caption to portuguese if you allow me.

  2. Mike, you forgot to mention God's final 2 remedies given to us at Fatima: pray the Holy Rosary daily and have devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary – love Jesus as Mary does. A True Christian man would love his Blessed Mother by obeying her every command (mark 4 – charity).

    I am right in the place I want to be, watching Mike. FYI: Mike or his co-hosters block authentic Catholic comments that they do not like on his Ascension Press youtube channel.

    Hey Mike, is it time to fight when clergy shut down authentic Catholics? Hey Mike are clergy who shut down authentic Catholics just as bad as David? God loved David because he was a man after His own Heart. He repented and turned from the sin and back toward God.

    With God nothing is wasted. Thanks Mike, I needed to hear that. My comments that are blocked on Ascension Press are not wasted and neither will this one if it is blocked. Somebody has read it and knows it contains the Truth.

    Would a mature man allow authentic Catholic comments on their videos or would they block them? It is really easy to stand before a group of people and hide comments one perceives as negative, but are authentic Catholic comments.

    Are you a threat to Satan when you or your co-workers hide authentic Catholic comments or are you actually working for Satan?

    I expect this comment to be hidden, but with God nothing is wasted somebody had to read it before they blocked it.

    4 marks of Catholic man: responsibility, competence, integrity, charity.

    Your parents allowed you to watch television that was not pure and you joke about it. Not funny Mike. I have watched some of your other videos and it seems you watch quite a bit of secular entertainment and also know secular music. I know because I will google the lyrics and find the song and am shocked that you would sing those lyrics.

    Are you on a slide Mike?

    I have been defiant posting authentic Catholic content and you or your workers shut me down.

    We not only have to watch out for others, but we need to be watchful of the clergy so they do not lead us astray.

    God be with you Mike and your cohorts. Thank everytime for shutting me down.

    Your words: With God nothing is wasted. You have not castrated me. I will continue to post even when you and your cohorts block my comments because I am an authentic Catholic man and all your viewers have a right to know what is authentic Catholicism – this is True Charity.

  3. Roman Catholicism is not, never has been, nor ever will be a Christian denomination. The official dogmas of this religious system deny the fundamental doctrines of historic Christianity. These are; Salvation is by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, as described in the Bible alone, to the Glory of God alone.
    The Bible is absolutely clear about the Gospel. God is Holy, man is born in sin. No amount of “good works”, including giving to the poor, attending church services, praying to “saints”, praying to Mary, rosary beads, candles, confession, so called “priests”, infant baptism, doing the sacraments, and numerous other rituals demanded by the Roman authorities will satisfy the wrath of God against sinners. This false “church” had the arrogance to remove the 2nd Commandment in order to justify their pagan statue worship.
    The Roman Catholic Church in the Catholic Catechism teaches that we can merit grace necessary for salvation and that eternal life is attained by faith, baptism, and keeping the commandments, which this demonic religion had the audacity to alter by eliminating the 2nd Commandment of “no graven images”. They also arrogantly added 7 to 11 books at the council of Trent in the 1,500’s which were NEVER considered to be Scripture and often contradict the True Word of God.
    1. CCC 2010, "…Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life."
    2. CCC 2027, "Moved by the Holy Spirit, we can merit for ourselves and for others all the graces needed to attain eternal life, as well as necessary temporal goods."
    3. CCC 2068, "The Council of Trent teaches that the Ten Commandments are obligatory for Christians and that the justified man is still bound to keep them;28 the Second Vatican Council confirms: "The bishops, successors of the apostles, receive from the Lord . . . the mission of teaching all peoples, and of preaching the Gospel to every creature, so that all men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments."
    4. Paragraph 85 says "The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ."47 This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome.
    This obviously faulty teaching in the CCC is hugely problematic since it contradicts Scripture.
    1. Rom. 3:28-30, "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one."
    2. Rom. 4:3, "For what does the Scripture say? "And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness."
    3. Rom. 4:5, "But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness,"
    4. Rom. 5:1, "therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
    5. Rom. 11:6, "But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace."
    6. Gal. 2:16, "nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified."
    Why is the RCC teaching that you attain salvation through observing the commandments when the Bible says we are saved apart from the works of the Law (Rom. 3:28-30; 4:5; Gal. 2:16)?
    1. Why would the Roman Catholic Church teach that you merit for yourself the grace needed for eternal life when that clearly contradicts Rom 11:6?
    There is a great deal wrong with what the RCC teaches. We must look to God's word and not to what the RCC says we must do to be saved. Our salvation is not merited by our keeping the commandments! The Roman Catholic Church needs to repent.
    Salvation is achieved by the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, who died on the cross and rose again to pay the sin debt for all who were chosen from before time to be His people. It is faith in Jesus alone which saves you.
    In addition, the Roman Catholic religions is responsible for murdering untold millions of true bible believers who refused to agree with it's heretical beliefs and practices.
    By God’s Grace I was “born again” after 40 years as a devout follower of the pope and all Rome’s teachings. I blindly trusted all the “priests”, nuns, “bishops” and family members without question.
    Then I read the Bible. I urge all Roman Catholics to read the Bible and to trust the Bible alone to be the source of Truth. I encourage you to question everything you have been taught regarding the false religious system of Roman Catholicism.
    Jesus promised, “you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free” (John 8:32)

  4. God Bless you for blocking my authentic Catholic reply to Gabriel.

    Authentic Catholic's are not afraid of the Truth. Are you?

    May God Bless you.

  5. the real difficult in this culture that we live without traditions ,far a way from the spirit of god ,inside churches could happened every bad things which mustn't be existed,you need more love and respect ,more sacrifice and less interests,the world of interest corrupt the faith

  6. Powerful message Fr. Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your. Insisted abundantly.

  7. We are in the greatest spiritual warfare and destitution in all of human history. It is the root cause and source of all that is going wrong in the world and the church today. Most Christians and churches don't know it and are doing nothing about it. Christians wake up, look out and pray. Your daily Godliness and prayerfulness are a matter of life and death for you, your families, churches and nations..

  8. May God Protect us all from the cellphones transformation, and our end under 5G. If I could be? I'd be the one smashing the satellites out of God's Heavens.

  9. Wow! Fr Mike you are a true disciple of Christ in regards to speaking the Truth to the lost catholic souls who are dying to hear the truth. Thank you for your courage and faith.

  10. I am glad I clicked on the link to this presentation.  Excellent presentation on manhood. Thank you.

  11. I was there and it was a wonderful experience. Father Mike has been a big figure for me, and actually being able to say hello and shake his hand was amazing. Thank you Father Mike!

  12. If our lord christ acknowledged that religion is only for the israelliens and the rest of people is animal slaves to take the rights of people and their money to raise and denied the day of resurrection and accounting they would have followed him and obeyed him and made him their king but he rejected blackmail and command to spread the gospel of religion is to all all people ''''will return ''''will return '''

  13. Amen!!!! Wives around the world are praying that our husbands become strong men of God. Please if you are a man, listen to what Father Mike is saying! Your families are so desperately praying that the Lord guide you and help you grow to become the leaders we need you to become.

  14. If you read the bible, a true Christian man would be in a maximum security prison after he tries to carry out some of the orders the bible prescribes. Today's idea of a true Christian man comes from a large mixture of secular morals. It's a step forward from the barbaric ways of the bible.

  15. The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob says to call no man on earth "Father" – for we have but ONE Holy Father in Heaven.
    This "priest" is either really bold – or really stupid.
    Or both.

  16. Real men don’t have imaginary friends.

    Isn’t he a bit too old to still believe in a Santa figure?

    What irrational beliefs do you still hold?

    #CriticalThinkinking101

  17. Guys being a Catholic is not good pls switch over to Christianity

    Catholic worship marry alone with Jesus and it not supposed to be like that ….u supposed to worship Jesus Christ and god only .I know there the same God is greater than all things .no one is perfect if we all perfect we wouldn't have sin through god we can be perfect

  18. Poor old God is so lacking in charisma and communication skills that he has to employ magic Mike as his front man ! What is the supernatural world coming to these days 😂

  19. the rights of passage that the white western world tried to beatout of my immigrant brothers and even shamed them for that were taught by immigrant father are still being rejected by westerners from the new immigrants.  shameful

  20. "Amazing" God Bless Father Mike for such an inspirational sermon ❤ The word of God is powerful. I'm learning a lot each day.

  21. Is there a book on this topic that we can reference or are we able to use the information on the channel?

  22. OH, Fr, Mike!!! I feel sooo blessed to have found your messages online! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you share with us!

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