Promises for Catholic Men
"In my flesh I am filling up what is lacking
in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the
church...." (Colossians 1:24b)
1. I promise to seek Jesus as my teacher,
my model and the goal of my life. Without a Lord I am burdened
with trying to be my own (see Colossians 1:24).
2. I promise to seek union with the
eternal Christ, who is both hidden and revealed in all people,
and in all created things, especially in those who are wounded,
rejected or outside my limited worldview (see Hebrews 13:2).
3. I promise to pursue vital relationships
with a few other men as the basic building block of the mystery
of Church (see Matthew 18:20).
4. I promise to pursue a regimen of spiritual
disciplines in my life, a gospel ethic in my private and my
professional life, and unpaid service toward the needs of my community
(see Matthew 6).
5. I promise to support the mission of
my parish, to unite my family in public prayer with my parish,
and to model a positive attitude of love and justice in all parish
efforts (see 1 Corinthians 1:10-13).
6. I promise to take personal responsibility
for my actions, to be accountable for my commitments, especially
those of husband, father, son, brother— fully active in
the house Church (see Ephesians
7. I promise to be a truly Catholic man by retaining unity with the Bishop of Rome and the universal Church,
by weekly participation in the Eucharist and concrete concern
for those suffering throughout the world (see John 13:1-20).
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