“Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you… The battle that is wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is primarily spiritual, but it is progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our own homes… First, a new apostolic moment is upon us at this time in the history of the Church. The Holy Spirit is bringing about what recent popes have termed the “New Evangelization.” By evangelization, we mean the sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by all means available, such as preaching, teaching, witnessing a fruitful and faithful family life, living celibacy for the sake of God’s Kingdom, employing media and other arts placed at the service of the Gospel…”
A C a l l t o B a t t l e
Are you ready to step into the breach?
An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men
+Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix
(Excerpts Above and Below)
Men, we must never believe that holiness and courage are things of the past! You and I are called to a holiness that shows Christ to the world as our forefathers have done countless times throughout history, following the inspiration of the Holy Spirit…
Will the Lord not continue to inspire men? Of course He will, and He continues to do so! Our concern is not if the Lord will give us the required strength, but how He is doing so right now. How is His Spirit moving us to rise up and reject passivity in a culture of fatherlessness?
…Simply put, our identity is caught up in the identity of the eternal Son of God. It is received at our baptism as it was clearly exclaimed at the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River: “You are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11). When we speak of conversion, we are speaking about an acceptance of and growth into this identity…
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
A Call to Battle – A Short Film on ‘Society’s Crisis in Masculinity’
(with Spanish subtitles)
WATCH the EWTN Bookmark Interview – 2016-09-18 – Into The Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation To Catholic Men
LISTEN to the UNOFFICIAL AUDIOBOOK (English Unabridged) – of Into the Breach
WATCH the INTO THE BREACH SERIES – inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation for Catholic men written by Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix, the Knights of Columbus produced a video series that seeks to answer the question of what it means to be a man and how to live as a man in today’s world.