I am delighted to be with you here tonight, as we pray side by side with our Divine Master, truly present body and blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. We gather as men, fathers, brothers, priests, sons, grandsons, and friends and this s so essential, for who are as social beings; however it is even more important to gather together in this community of faith to worship Him who is the way, the truth and the life for each of us.
Archbishop Nienstedt recently addressed a group of over 1000 men at the St. Paul/Minnepolis 2011 Men’s Conference, “The Archbishop Gathers His Men.”
His Excellency calls all men to come to Christ in Adoration:
Besides attending Sunday Mass and weekday Mass, when you are able, I encourage you to spend time before our Lord in Adoration. I am grateful to those men who make a commitment for taking the time from their busy schedules to keep watch for an hour before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Many of the parishes in our Archdiocese offer perpetual adoration. Sign up for an hour, even if it is only once a week. Commit yourself to that time. I assure you, you will not regret it. By spending time with the Master in silent adoration, we slowly begin to learn the lessons of His life, a life of service and silent listening to the voice of the Father.
His Excellency also calls men to more frequent participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Having taught a course on the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation in the seminary for thirteen years, I am a firm believer in the power of that sacrament. Here one learns that indeed love means having to say you are sorry as the harmful deeds of our lives are acknowledged in true sorrow, verbally exposed before Christ the divine healer and then absolved by his mercy, restoring us to the full life of grace. Confession is a kind of school—if you will—a house of mercy, a place in which we learn how to forgive just as we are forgiven. Let me be clear and direct – no matter how long it has been since your last confession, I urge you to return to this sacrament, so that you may receive the rich blessings of the fullness of the Christian life. Contrary to some widespread error, the auricular confession of sins to a priest has never gone out of style or been reconsidered by the Church – it has remained a critical instrument within the Church by which Christ continues to reach out to his fallen people who long to rise upagain. My friends, make this great sacrament a regular part of your life of faith.
At each CatholicManNight, we focus on drawing closer to Jesus by learning about His Magnificent Life and by drawing closer to Him in Adoration and Reconciliation. We hope you will join the many men who are finding the Grace of Christ and fellowship with other Catholic men at CatholicManNight events. See here for upcoming ManNights.