One of the hardest things to do as a man, and even more so a Catholic man, is taking the opportunity to grow in our masculinity. Our faith and that growth experience as men lays the ground work to propel us forward. But I do notice that as I get older, life does become more difficult, and for me, a layout or map toward authentic masculinity is needed for me to stay on track. We have heard the phrase priest , prophet, and king, but I want to explore the concept of men being the leader, protector, and provider. Those three qualities of a man can produce great power, but most men are afraid of what they demand. I would like to dive into the three concepts individually to explain why they are not only important in a man's life, but how critical they are for us to live, for us to survive in every aspect of our lives as men. I will have three different posts containing each of the topics so please stay tuned to the site. We have podcasted about this topic many times, so I would suggest you check them out too.
I would like to start with the most important, yet the most feared concept. That of leadership. I remember when I was in college, a professor posed the question: Are men born leaders, or are they bred? The students defended both answers, but for me, I honestly didn't know. I could only internalize the question, and I think that's the only way to start discerning the answer to it. I wanted to be a leader, I was drawn toward the concept of leadership, but at that moment, I was unsure if it was imprinted on my DNA. Do I have what it takes to be a leader? Ask yourself that question. And the answer is YES, you do have what it takes to be a leader.