Male Spirituality
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Absolutely, Jayne. Those who lead in Christianity, serve the most. The pope is called “the servant of the servants of God.” That scripture quote contains probably the biggest difference between the so-called “male spirituality” of Christians and non-Christians. “The Kings of the Gentiles lord it over them.” Ours is not a matter of lording, but leading well.

I think some are redefining “manhood” as leading without serving. Those like Voris who use examples of Crusaders as the ideal Catholic man. It seems like they're on a power trip. I am impressed by men who strive to become better Catholic husbands and fathers, better priests, better laymen. I am confused by those who seem threatened by the presence of women and things “feminine”. Read the following, written by a Protestant in 1992:

Keith Drury Wrote:Most churches cheat men spiritually. Modern evangelical religion has been pretty well feminized for more than a hundred years, at least since the American revival awakening period. Evangelical religion is nice and tender, lifting up a kinder gentler sort of a Christian image for men... as if the idea is a kind of Christianized Allen Alda. Men are supposed to accept this feminized brand of religion as new and improved religious expression.

The trouble is, feminized religious experience won't fully meet the needs of men. A steady diet leaves a hole in a man's religious psyche which gnaws at his insides. Demons fill that hole. The man senses something is missing, but he can't quite put his finger on it. Feminized religion won't meet all his needs -- especially his deepest needs.

Face it, we were raised on the "Sunday School Jesus," a kinder, gentler version of the real thing. We met a Jesus who a nice boy... gentle, meek, mild, quiet, vanilla. He was polite, kind, closed the doors after himself, obeyed his mom, always took a bath. He turned the other cheek, smiled sweetly, shared his crayons, talked softly but never carried a big stick. This cozy Jesus never caught a butterfly -- he just watched them, according to the pictures we were shown. He helped his mother, cleaned up his room, never wiggled in church, said nice things to people, and evil men in a mob said "Crucify Him!" (Go ahead, check the scenes on your Sunday School pictures -- men did it!)

Okay, what happened a hundred years ago that “feminized” evangelical Protestantism? I'm confused. He links it to the Great Awakening, but that gave us Jonathan Edwards and “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God” --- anything but gentle, meek, mild, quiet and vanilla! Or maybe he's referring to the Pentecostal movement, which is very emotional. Was there ever a time when Christianity appealed to the masculine –or should I say, our 20th century American ideal of what is supposed to make a man manly? We have always described the Church metaphorically as a “Holy Mother Church.” She nurtures, she counsels, she corrects and admonishes. Is a Puritanical and Calvinistic view of religion more masculine? Jansenism? Islam? Buddhism?

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Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 01:11 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Crusader_Philly - 06-04-2012, 03:07 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by TraditionalistThomas - 06-04-2012, 03:12 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by CollegeCatholic - 06-04-2012, 03:30 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Sondaar - 06-04-2012, 06:26 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Cetil - 06-04-2012, 08:41 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 10:22 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 10:28 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 10:45 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-04-2012, 01:31 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 02:04 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-04-2012, 02:28 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Vetus Ordo - 06-04-2012, 02:35 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 02:40 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 02:43 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Richard C - 06-04-2012, 02:50 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-04-2012, 02:52 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 03:16 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 03:18 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by rbjmartin - 06-04-2012, 04:12 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-04-2012, 04:18 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 05:18 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Anastasia - 06-04-2012, 06:21 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by rbjmartin - 06-04-2012, 06:31 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Anastasia - 06-04-2012, 06:40 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Richard C - 06-04-2012, 09:51 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by INPEFESS - 06-04-2012, 10:53 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-05-2012, 09:43 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Lycorth - 06-05-2012, 10:07 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-05-2012, 12:38 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-05-2012, 01:03 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Graham - 06-05-2012, 01:11 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-05-2012, 01:37 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-05-2012, 02:38 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by JayneK - 06-05-2012, 07:28 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-06-2012, 12:35 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Lycorth - 06-06-2012, 12:54 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-06-2012, 12:58 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by wallflower - 06-06-2012, 01:22 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-06-2012, 09:03 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Aegis - 06-06-2012, 04:58 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Vetus Ordo - 06-06-2012, 06:12 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-06-2012, 09:35 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Aegis - 06-06-2012, 10:27 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-06-2012, 11:46 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by charlesh - 06-07-2012, 12:06 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-07-2012, 12:14 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by The Dying Flutchman - 06-07-2012, 12:21 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by The Dying Flutchman - 06-07-2012, 12:23 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by The Dying Flutchman - 06-07-2012, 12:24 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-07-2012, 09:00 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by charlesh - 06-08-2012, 11:26 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-09-2012, 10:58 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-09-2012, 11:25 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Vetus Ordo - 06-09-2012, 11:43 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-09-2012, 11:50 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-09-2012, 01:33 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Aegis - 06-10-2012, 12:04 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Allan - 06-10-2012, 12:24 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 08-07-2012, 04:30 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 08-07-2012, 04:41 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 08-07-2012, 05:39 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Cesar_Augustus - 08-11-2012, 09:08 PM



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