Manning Up! Lessons from St. Joseph and Jesus by Fr. Michael Nixon

Manning Up! Lessons from St. Joseph and Jesus by Fr. Michael Nixon

Manning Up! Lessons from St. Joseph and Jesus

by Fr. Michael Nixon

Today’s world is encountering a profound crisis of manhood with confusion being sown about what it means to be a man, about what it means to be masculine, and about what it means to live as a male. This gender crisis seeks to undermine the understanding we have of our fundamental human identity described most succinctly in Genesis 1:27, where “God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” We find in this rejection of masculinity, a rejection of the father, as leader, as husband, as teacher, and we recognize that the brokenness of this world will only be healed by seeing what it truly means to be a man. St. Joseph and our Lord Jesus Christ reveal that to us.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

​Fr. Michael Nixon is a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee and has been the pastor of Saint Dominic Catholic Church in Panama City, FL, since 2015. He uses his zeal for the faith to engage & inspire his parishioners to be a vibrant Catholic community setting the world ablaze.

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by Fr. Michel Legault, MSA

On October 28, 1999, the Catholic Church celebrated the 400th anniversary of the birth of Marie Guyard, known now as Saint Marie de l’Incarnation (canonized 3 April 2014 at the Apostolic Palace by Pope Francis), “The Teresa of the New World.” I wish this simple research on Marie de l’Incarnation’s prayer (conducted in 1999) to be considered as an act of admiration and gratitude to God the Father who made this humble woman a luminous witness of His love in the beginning of the Church in North America.

At the present time, the New Age is searching for new ways of knowledge to reach God. Why does one search in esoterism for the path to God? Marie Guyard, even when she was seven years old, already knew the path to God the Father: this path for her was Jesus whom she met in the Church, who spoke to her in the Scripture, who united her to himself in the Eucharist, and who taught her the divine mysteries through the action of the Holy Spirit.

What were the lines of force of Marie Guyard’s prayer? How did she nourish it while working for her brother-in law on the docks of Tours as well as teaching Algonquin and French girls in the early years of Quebec City? What are the pillars of her contemplative and apostolic life? It is to answer those questions that I chose to reflect on the foundations of Marie de l’Incarnation’s prayer. With what spiritual food did she feed her prayer and her intimate union with God?

After having read her letters and some commentaries on her spirituality, Fr. Legault underlines two important sources: first, the Word of God, speaking in Holy Scripture. Second, the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, that Jesus entrusted to his Church to give the life of grace and which are celebrated in the sacred Liturgy, the prayer of the Church. From these two sources – Holy Scripture and Liturgy – he shows how they influenced Marie de l’Incarnation’s spiritual life and are the sources of each Christian’s life of prayer.

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Prayer is immediate because God is present; and, therefore, there is no nearer, quicker more “in touch” contact than prayer. Prayer is personal – because it arises out of each person’s life; and prayer is communal because we pray with all who pray for all who need prayers. Prayer is the simplest communication because we are speaking to one who listens; and, whether we use words or not there is prayer in the intention to pray. Prayer is challenging because it may not be answered as we ask – but answered according to a greater good we can scarcely see. Prayer is for the smallest need and the greatest common good. Prayer excludes no one and includes everyone; and, therefore, whether we are present or not, prayer makes it possible for us to accompany both the living and the dead into the presence of God.

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Contents

Dedication
Oh angel of God

Acknowledgements
And a Summary Introduction: What is Prayer?
“Working”

Foreword and Prayer
Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe Diocese, Ireland
Within Reach of You

General Introduction

A Brief Answer
Prayer-as-Relationship
The Centre of this Book: The Domestic Church
Faith, hope and love are the foundation of prayer

Guest Prayer: Martin P. Higgins (RIP)
Martin’s Prayer

Either Or (I)
The Chosen Moment (II)
A Relationship (III)

Guest Prayer: James Sale
Prayer

Part I: Place

Out of the Wind
Timeless
Pilgrimage
A Place to Pray
The Kitchen Sink
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Word by Word
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A Devoted Student’s Prayer

Part IV: In the Family

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Two by Two
Two-in-One, Lord, Even Three

Guest Prayer: I of II: Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis
The Gift of Life

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Postscript: Christmas and St. Therese of Lisieux

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Your Presence in Our Loss (A prayer for those who have Lost a Child
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Where are You?

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A Mother’s Heart

Part VII: Within Reach of You

Let Hope Arise (After the Myanmar land slide)
A Prayer in the Midst of Destruction (An Explosion in Beirut)
In the Service of the Truth (I) (A Prayer for Alexei Navalny after
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In the Service of the Truth (II) (A Prayer for the Protection of Alexei
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In the Service of Love (A Prayer for Refugees in Ethiopia)
A Temple of the Lord (2 Cor 3: 16-17) (A prayer for all the
Ethiopians Being Murdered at Religious Sites)
“I Beg You” (A Prayer for Peace in Myanmar)
“A Dark Light, Lord, Looms” (A Prayer for Nuclear Disarmament)

Guest Prayer: Gillian Cockwill
My Spiritual Journey – Good
My Spiritual Journey – Bad

The World in Turmoil

Epilogue

Your Cross
Transparent
Life Grows into Life

End Word by Bishop John Keenan, of Paisley Diocese,
Scotland


TESTIMONIALS

“Prayer is our lifeline to our Heavenly Father. In this prayer book, Francis has a great compilation of prayers that are fitting with the issues and challenges of today. A much needed book to enhance your spiritual journey. “ – John C. Preiss- President, Fatima Family Apostolate

Within Reach of You is a lovely collection of unique prayer prose. Francis Etheredge and his guest prayer poets rekindle belief in the power of prayer as they respond to world events, such as the prayer ‘Hope in Blossom,’ a prayer for China that is written in English and Chinese, or ‘To Kiss the Leper,’ a prayer for all healthcare workers with Covid-19. There are also prayers that emerge from the poet’s life. In fact, the book is dedicated to Etheredge’s sister, Charlotte, who has struggled with severe health issues for decades and whose life is itself a prayer of trust, fortitude, and enduring love, reminding us to ‘rejoice when you can.'” – Claire Henning, D.Min., catholic-conversations.com

“The title Within Reach of You excites. It tells of live, dynamic relationship. This is prayer. I imagine God’s gaze of grace, like a search-light beam, picking us out in love and care. And down that beam pours his Spirit, and up returns our praise and prayer. I am the University Chaplain, University of Bath. After 35 years working as a doctor and medical teacher (18 as a Minister in Self-Employment (worker priest) in the Anglican Church) I came here in 2016. It is so rewarding to work with students in a new way. Many are seeking God, and the hope that he gives. Faith is re-awakening. I believe that the foundation stones of this re-awakening are a narrative of seeking Unity (John 17: 21), a practice of compassion, and a rhythm of prayer. Prayer is the life-spring. This book is an excellent resource to encourage us to deepen our prayer life.” – Revd Canon Nigel Rawlinson, University Chaplain, University of Bath, UK, and Assistant Area Dean, Diocese of Bath and Wells.

“Serving the Missionaries of the Holy Family as mission advancement director, I am often surprised by Catholic families who have little or no devotion to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The Holy Family is the standard of holiness for all families, and Francis Etheredge makes this connection a living, breathing reality throughout Within Reach of You. Simple and profound, visible and invisible, from understanding each other’s needs, to questions about the universe, to fulfilling our relationships, growing closer to God through this book of prayer is Within Reach of You. +JMJ+” – Maurice Prater, Mission Advancement Director, Missionaries of the Holy Family (MSF)

“This book gives what this world desperately needs: Relationship and Family. When the world has been intentionally or unintentionally creating egocentric people who do not need God or family, I feel that Francis’ call is to bring people back to the right relationship with the Triune God and to cherish the “koinonia “ of a family, our own family and God’s family. As a musician, I enjoy reading this book as going to a Choir Festival, a Prayer Festival. With all the deep sharing of guests through their prayers. This book gives us a way to satisfy the desperate need of this world and it is PRAYERS. True deep and intimate prayers to open our eyes to see Jesus, to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to experience God with us – Emmanuel!” – Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng, Chief Bishop, Anglican Mission in Canada

“This is a brilliant book. We think of insight as coming from the mind; and prayer as coming from the heart. In this wonderful book we find almost a new genre – insights about the most difficult and puzzling aspects of our present crisis, infusing the prayers with imagery that open our hearts to a new understanding of God’s truths. I thought “Hell’s Hole: An Unbidden Mercy” was an especially wonderful description of despair turned into prayer.” – Ronda Chervin, Ph.D., Retired Professor of Philosophy, author of numerous Catholic books, and TV and Radio presenter.

“Rabbi Menachem Mendl of Kotzk once asked his disciples “Where is the dwelling of God?” His disciples wondered at his words: surely God was all around. Then Rabbi Menachem answered, “God dwells wherever human beings let him in”. The truth is we do not let God into our lives. Francis’s book, through his meditations and prayers is a gentle introduction to allowing God into our lives. We begin to see with the eyes of faith and all things appear new in this transformed vision.”  John O’Brien, ofm, author of At Eternity’s Gate: Artists of the Infinite

“I have read Francis Etheredge’s book of prayers and reflections with the greatest of interest. He offers a mixture of deep faith and lived experience which greatly enhances the value of this book: it is not a ‘mere’ academic exercise. As a former prison chaplain, I was particularly struck by the section on prisoners, which resonated very deeply. He captures the despair, but also the deep hope and faith that can exist in prisons, sometimes side by side. This book would be an excellent companion during a silent retreat, for those working with the most disadvantaged in our society (there is more than a touch of Pope Francis here) and for all who wish to experience prayer as more than a set text, but as a lived dialogue with God. A great book.” – Deacon Dr Harry Schnitker, Obl.O.Ss.S, Director, St John Henry Newman Centre for Pastoral Theology, Maryvale Institute, Birmingham; Associate, St Andrews Foundation, University of Glasgow.

“The prayers rise to God, but their perfume lingers with us on earth.” – Fr. Michael Collins: http://www.fathermichaelcollins.com/

“In a time of uncertainty and change, prayer is both a support and a tool for all Christians to use.In this  third compilation of prayers and thoughts “Within Reach of You”, we are given helps for many different occasions. I commend this work as very useful spiritual and pastoral resource for anybody living the Gospel life.” – Prof. Giorgio Giovanelli, Pontifical Lateran University:  https://www.giuristiperlapastorale.it/.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mr. Francis Etheredge is married with eight children, plus three in heaven.

Francis is the author of Scripture: A Unique Word, and a trilogy From Truth and Truth (Volume I-“Faithful Reason”; Volume II-“Faith and Reason in Dialogue”; Volume III-“Faith Is Married Reason”), all of which are published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing; and of The Human Person: A Bioethical Word, The Family on Pilgrimage: God Leads through Dead Ends, The Prayerful Kiss, Conception: An Icon of the Beginning, Mary and Bioethics: An Exploration,  and Honest Rust and Gold: A Second Collection of Prose and Poetry, all of which are published by En Route Books and Media.

See Francis’ other books, too, entitled Scripture: A Unique WordFrom Truth and truth: Volume I-Faithful ReasonFrom Truth and truth: Volume II: Faith and Reason in DialogueFrom Truth and truth: Volume III: Faith is Married Reason.

Francis is currently a freelance writer and speaker and his “Posts” on LinkedIn can be viewed here. Poetry; short articles; autobiographical blog; excerpts from books; and “Philosophize: A Ten Minute Write.” He has earned a BA Div (Hons), MA in Catholic Theology, PGC in Biblical Studies, PGC in Higher Education, and an MA in Marriage and Family (Distinction). Enjoy these additional articles by Francis Etheredge:

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Medjugorje: My Lifelong Journey with Our Lady, Queen of Peace

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Medjugorje: My Lifelong Journey with Our Lady, Queen of Peace

by Penny Abbruzzese

On June 24, 1981 in Medjugorje, Our Lady began appearing to six children. She identified Herself as the Blessed Virgin, Queen of Peace. Her message to the visionaries was: “I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is the fullness of life, and to enjoy this fullness and obtain peace, you must return to God.”
A visible sign for all humanity in Medjugorje will be given as the Blessed Mother is confiding ten secrets to each visionary. In the meantime, this period of grace is for conversion and a deepening of faith. After the visible sign, those still living will have little time for conversion.
 
Today, all but three of the visionaries have daily apparitions of the Blessed Mother. Three of the visionaries have received all ten secrets. During the apparitions, the visionaries do not react to light, do not hear any sound or react to being touched. They have said that they feel as if they are outside of time and space.
 
Fr. Jozo Zovko, who was the pastor of St. James when the apparitions began, has spoken about what he calls “the weapon” or “the five stones” of Our Lady. They are PRAYER with the heart, especially the Rosary; EUCHARIST; BIBLE; monthly CONFESSION; and FASTING. “You have forgotten that with prayer and fasting you can stop a war from happening and you can suspend natural law.”
 
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Medjugorje Message to visionary Marija Pavlovic from the Blessed Mother

March 25, 2021
 
Dear children! Also today I am with you to tell you: Little children, who prays, does not fear the future and does not lose hope. You are chosen to carry joy and peace because you are mine. I have come here with the name ‘Queen of Peace’ because the devil wants peacelessness and war, he wants to fill your heart with fear of the future – but the future is God’s. That is why, be humble and pray, and surrender everything into the hands of the Most High Who created you. Thank you for having responded to my call.

TESTIMONIALS

“This is an excellent book of a life transformed by a simple message from Our Lady.  I was inspired by Penny’s courage to travel to an unknown country; the adventure captivated me, but what kept me reading was how that one trip kept bearing fruit in so many unexpected ways!” — Marie Baker- Harrogate, N. Yorkshire, UK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Penny Abbruzzese has a strong devotion to Our Blessed Mother and is a religious pilgrims’ coordinator, who made her first pilgrimage to Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina in March 1984.  Since then, Penny has been to Medjugorje more than 100 times with groups from near and far. In the 37 years since her first pilgrimage, Penny has led tours to holy places such as Fatima, Lourdes, Garabandal and Santiago de Compostela. She has visited shrines in France, Italy, Bavaria, Mexico, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Prague, Vienna and Israel’s Christian holy places.

Working alongside the New York City Croatian Church which is a sister parish to St. James in Medjugorje, Penny sponsored several visionaries and well-known priests from Medjugorje to speak in New York.   As one of the founding officers of a non-profit organization, Our Lady Queen of Peace Prayer Group, Penny published a newsletter, Mary’s Mantle, for 25 years with a readership of over 5,000 subscribers. Mary’s Mantle expounded on Our Lady’s messages, featuring prominent articles about healing – both physical and spiritual – and beautiful testimonies of conversion through Our Lady’s reported apparitions.

Several prayer groups were started by Penny and (always) a priest, along with a small group of friends who had experienced Medjugorje together. Four prayer groups met monthly, meeting from 1986 until 2013 praying for vocations, families, world peace and for an end to abortion of First Friday until March 2020, when the risk of COVID19 discontinued this devotion.

Penny was a guest of Monsignor Tom Hartman’s Rockville Centre Diocese’s Network, Telecare, back in 1987 and the 1990’s sharing about her experience in bringing internationally known close friend and prayer partner, Detective Steven McDonald, to Medjugorje.  Steven became a quadriplegic after being shot in NY’s Central Park back in 1986.

In 2014, Penny co-produced a documentary about the reported apparitions of Medjugorje entitled “God Exists…The Queen of Peace Speaks from Medjugorje.”  Penny’s film was written and produced by Peter Powell, a researcher and cinematographer who had worked on more than 150 media campaigns in the USA and overseas.  Penny’s narrator was Rita Gam, a veteran actress, who was under contract with MGM studios.  Over 3,000 copies of Penny’s documentary have been distributed and are available on Amazon.

Penny’s life took a drastic turn when she was very far away from her faith.  The pain of her younger brother’s suicide brought Penny to her knees.  Her conversion story, Medjugorje…My Lifelong Journey with Our Lady, was inspired by Fr. Svetazor Kraljevic, OFM, in Medjugorje.   In her book, Penny takes the reader from her darkest days of losing her closest friend, through stages of surrender, and finally drawing closer to Jesus by way of Our Lady’s messages from Medjugorje.

Penny has been married to Michael for 50 years.  She is the mother of three children and grandmother of six and currently lives in Lynbrook, NY.

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„Nagość fizyczna i duchowa to głęboka rzeczywistość obecna w słowach Mary Kloska. Jezus jest całkowicie obnażony wobec zła minionych pokoleń oraz wobec tych, które jeszcze się nie narodziły. Ta książka zawiera wezwanie i zaproszenie do ujawnienia naszej duchowej nagości oraz do trwania razem z Chrystusem w Jego podróży do celu, jakim jest wola Ojca. To prawda, że z grobu ostatecznie wyjdzie światło, ale najpierw musimy wejść w ciemność.”

Diakon Tom Fox, katolicki „podcaster” i prowadzący w katolickim radiu

„Mary Kloska namalowała jeszcze jedną cudowną ikonę, będącą swoistym „tytułem” tej książki. W jej wstępie znajdziemy dokładne objaśnienie tego obrazu, który przedstawia miłość Chrystusa jako łagodną, pokorną i silną. Mimo, iż Jezus jest ukrzyżowany i cały we krwi, Mary udowadnia nam, że Zbawiciel panuje nad sytuacją. Spogląda przed siebie. Wydaje się, że patrzy bezpośrednio w oczy każdej osoby, która żyła w przeszłości, żyje obecnie lub dopiero się narodzi. Patrzy w oczy dzieci abortowanych i poronionych. Zna ich potrzebę zbawienia i poświęca samego siebie. Na tej ikonie moc Zbawiciela jest nawet bardziej widoczna (w spojrzeniu i akcie ofiarowania się) niż Jego ukrzyżowana słabość. Niezwykła głębia przenika strony książki i angażuje czytelnika, zapraszając go do kontemplacji, a zniechęcając do pośpiechu w czytaniu. Każde zdanie woła o uwagę, a każdy przywołany obraz ‒ o refleksję. Kolejne rozdziały opierają się na poprzednich w sposób, który jest celowy i przemyślany, mający na celu doprowadzenie czytelnika do duchowego poznania.”

Dr Cynthia Toolin-Wilson, prowadząca audycję „Author to Author”” w radiu WCAT

„Ten rękopis dotknął głęboko moje życie duchowe… a człowiekowi 82-letniemu bardzo trudno jest nauczyć się czegoś nowego… To naprawdę przemieniło moją duchowość.”

Ronda Chervin, autorka książki „Always a New Beginning: A Conversation Between Broken Catholic Spiritual Warriors”

„Kiedy święty Paweł udał się do Koryntu i rozpoczął tam głoszenie Dobrej Nowiny, oznajmił swoim słuchaczom, że nie przybył, aby dzielić się mądrością tego świata czy wzniosłą retoryką, lecz jedynie prostą, ewangeliczną prawdą o Jezusie Chrystusie, i to… „ukrzyżowanym” (1 Kor 2, 1-2). W swojej nowej książce „Z ciemności” autorka, artystka i muzyk ‒ Mary Kloska ‒ podąża tą samą doniosłą drogą. Niestety, z powodu hedonistycznego środowiska kulturowego, które dominuje w naszym społeczeństwie, kroczenie za Jezusem Ukrzyżowanym jest wędrówką raczej samotną. Nawet w tych nielicznych miejscach, gdzie chrześcijaństwo jest nadal praktykowane, nacisk na krzyż jest zauważalnie zmniejszony, jeśli nie wręcz nieobecny (a zastąpiony tzw. „ewangelią dobrobytu”). Zatem, trudno wyobrazić sobie bardziej aktualny traktat duchowy niż ten. Autorka zabiera czytelnika w głąb piękna, tajemnicy, mądrości i mocy Jezusa ukrzyżowanego poprzez duchowe spostrzeżenia i obserwacje, które są świeże, inspirujące i cudownie ożywiające dla ducha. Jak deszcz na pustyni, książka ta wkracza w „duchową pustkę” naszych czasów i, co za tym idzie, niewątpliwie stanie się ważną lekturą wielkopostną, a także punktem odniesienia dla Nowej Ewangelizacji.”

Lawrence Edward Tucker, SOLT, autor „The Prayer of Jesus Crucified: A Simple Way to Go Further in Prayer”; „Adventures in The Father’s Joy! Mission Stories for the New Evangelization”; „To Whom The Heart Decided To Love”; „The Redemption Of San Isidro: a Tale of Mercy and Love”

„Ta książka jest darem dla każdego, kto będzie ją czytał, ponieważ pokazuje nam, jak ‒ według słów Jezusa skierowanych do Mary ‒ «możemy stać się do głębi jednością» z Nim na Krzyżu.”

Patrizia Pasquini, ASC, siostra ze Zgromadzenia Najdroższej Krwi Chrystusa

O Autorce

Mary Kloska pochodzi z Elkhart, w stanie Indiana. Wychowała się w polskiej rodzinie wielodzietnej (dwanaścioro rodzeństwa), do której należało także wiele przybranych dzieci, jak również inne osoby potrzebujące, które pojawiały się w rodzinie na jakiś czas. Obecnie Mary ma ponad 70 siostrzeńców/siostrzenic. Autorka książki prowadzi bardzo wyjątkowe życie. Po ukończeniu studiów w Notre Dame w 1999 r., przez niemal 20 lat służyła na misjach w wielu miejscach na świecie (na Syberii, Filipinach, w Ziemi Świętej, Nigerii, Tanzanii, Republice Południowej Afryki, Meksyku i w licznych krajach europejskich). Chociaż Mary wiele czasu spędziła na milczeniu i modlitwie, to ‒ jak na ironię ‒ uwielbia dzieci oraz wykazuje dużo twórczej i radosnej inicjatywy, gdy chodzi o służbę zarówno młodszym, jak i starszym. W swoim dorobku ma wiele lat spędzonych na misjach, gdzie zajmowała się rozmaitymi posługami: prowadziła rekolekcje i proste katechezy, animowała grupy modlitewne, udzielała kierownictwa duchowego, pomagała w modlitwach o uwolnienie, jak również zmieniała pieluchy, karmiła dzieci i myła podłogi. Po intensywnych okresach pracy misyjnej, Mary udawała się na miejsca odosobnienia jako pustelniczka (m.in. przez trzy lata funkcjonowała jako oficjalna pustelnica diecezjalna, składająca śluby na ręce biskupa). Ostatnie kilka lat spędziła jako pełnoetatowa niania dla trojaczków, bliźniaków i dzieci w rodzinach wielodzietnych.

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