God wants to help ME live a better life as a husband, father, and neighbor?
The answer is “Yes”!
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Here are some wonderful insights from parishioner Brian Bonin.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve had, at one time or another, burning desires to fill the emptiness inside you—a void, if you will. That emptiness is our soul seeking the truth.
What is the truth? I’m just now realizing that the truth I’ve longed for is a true relationship with God. I’ve knelt down on bended knees plenty and asked God to show me a sign. Each time I came up dry. Perhaps I haven’t been ready for his desires. Perhaps I’ve missed the signs and brushed them aside as coincidence. Am I praying the correct way? Does God have enough mercy for me? These are real thoughts that have crossed my mind.
I’m not even sure the sign I’m looking for, to be honest. Anything short of God sitting next to me, I probably would have brush off as my imagination getting the best of me. I guess I lacked the faith I’m called to have as a Catholic.
Little did I know the “sign” was literal. It appeared in front of me as a poster hanging at church. One Sunday while I attended Mass I saw a That Man Is You poster and it tugged at my heartstrings. It was a simple silhouette of a father holding his son’s hand. At that moment my heart opened up and emotion came over me. I saw myself depicted as the man on the poster. God reached out to me through my love of my children. At that moment I realized that, whatever That Man Is You was all about, I needed to know more.
I find it absurd that I have The Holy Spirit touch my heart and at the same time I let excuses, doubt, and fear enter in. Sound familiar? You meet at 6:30 on Saturday mornings? What if everyone there is a more devout Catholic than me? Am I the only sinner attending? Will I have to know Scripture? What will my friends and family think if I attend?
I immediately turned to prayer and asked God to guide me. Next thing I know, I’m writing an email to friends asking them to take a leap of faith with me and attend TMIY. I sent it to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Sure, I feared they might think of me in a different light because I wasn’t the guy who wore his Catholic faith on his sleeve 24/7. So be it. They knew me more as the guy who’s devoted to coaching youth baseball and rounding up neighbors and friends for “guys’ night” in the basement to watch the UFC and play cornhole in my backyard as a competitive outlet.
The response I received blew me away. I wasn’t the only one seeking the truth and wanting to be a better husband, father, or son. I had 10 others willing to give it a shot. I told them, at the very least, we’d get a free donut out of it.
I’d be lying to you if I said everyone who attended the first session are still a part of the journey known as TMIY. That’s OK. In my mind, they were willing. Our timetable and journey to the Cross isn’t the same for everyone. I can share with you, though, the friends and relationships that I’ve build with the ones that still attend are friendships that will last. How could they not? They’re relationships that are built around trust, truth, openness, and without ridicule. They’re not passing conversations about the weather outside, the local sports scene, or fantasy football.
What I appreciate the most about TMIY is that, when I look around the room, I see a bunch of men willing to make changes within themselves. They’re looking to be a better husband. They’re looking to lead their families and be better fathers and role models. We’ve stripped ourselves of the persona that we have to pretend we’re perfect people leading perfect lives. If anything, we’re coming to the realization that we’re perfectly not perfect. We no longer want to be crippled by sin. You’re not alone with your sins. That alone is freedom.
TMIY is building a foundation for us to follow: How to lead a family. How to balance your life. How to parent in a world filled with technology. How to love your spouse more completely. How to follow the Holy Spirit. How to forgive yourself. More than anything—to realize you’re not alone.
TMIY is a group of men just like you. We’re searching for the same truth you are. If your desire is to be the best version of yourself and you’ve come up short in the past, let Jesus Christ be your guide and take control of the wheel. If you’re looking for that true relationship with God, then … That man is you!
That Man is You! is an interactive, multimedia men’s program focused upon the development of authentic male leadership. Over the course of three years, That Man is You! successively considers men in their relationship to God, to their spouse and to their children.
The program content harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive. It is particularly indebted to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and Pope John Paul II.
Independent research from a Faith Advisor to The Gallup Poll reveals That Man is You! to be one of the most life transforming programs ever studied.