On the Armor of God, Ephesians 6:15 "So stand fast, … your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace."
I am a runner. As part of a healthy lifestyle, which all men should seek in one way or another, I jog three to four times a week. At 63, I'm not fast, but I have the endurance to run marathons. My total distance to date since January this year is 528 miles. I know the importance of a good pair of shoes. Shoes give you stability and agility, and they protect your feet from obstacles on the ground. Shod in a good pair of shoes, you are ready for a journey, no matter how long or narrow the path. In biblical times, the Roman soldier wouldn't be successful during battle without his trusted battle shoes, the caligae, sturdy leather sandals with hobnailed soles for durability and traction.
As we face our spiritual battles, it makes sense that among the armor God has given us is a good pair of shoes. By putting on the good news, the gospel of the peace of Christ, we have been readied for our spiritual battle. We are standing, firm and steady, on Christ our solid rock. We are able to stand our ground, firm in our beliefs, against the false truths and temptations thrown at us by our broken culture. We have the agility to dodge the flaming arrows of the evil one. And the peace of Christ to quench any fear as we confront the darkness in our world, stand up for truth, protect our families, and defend our Catholic faith. Above all, we are here to spread the peace of Christ and share His Word. Pope Benedict XIV "In view of the risks which humanity is facing in our time, all Catholics in every part of the world have a duty to proclaim and embody ever more fully the 'Gospel of Peace.'"
In the Last Supper Discourses of John 14:27, Christ proclaims, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid." Saint Pope John Paul II took these words to heart. In his inauguration mass, he stated: "Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch... I plead with you--never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid." Shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. God has given us another miraculous gift of spiritual armor to equip us to be solid Catholic men.
Question: Men, are you slow to anger? Do you retain the peace of Christ as you face life's difficulties?
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The Bear Woznick Adventure — Episode 516
CHERISH YOUR WOMAN WITH DR. RAY GUARENDI
There are so many tips and gems in this episode of The Bear Woznick Adventure with Bear and Dr. Ray Guarendi. Dr. Ray gives tangible advice that is easy to implement, yet effective in your relationships and vocation as a husband and father.
In this episode:
1. Why is it important to cherish your woman and how do we do that?
2. Being kind to your wife
3. Why it's important to really listen.