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Day 16: Real Men

This morning we met several other families in our church's library to pray a family rosary. The men's group my husband is a part of leads a monthly family rosary. Despite sub-zero temps, six wonderful families showed up to pray together. We prayed the Joyful Mysteries and each husband/father led a decade.

I realized sitting there how grateful I am for this small but faithful group of Catholic men, who are really living out physical and spiritual fatherhood for their families. Our culture has a disordered sense of masculinity today, so it is refreshing to see men who really lead their families well.

Men who sacrifice for their families and communities.

Men who trust in the Lord, and bend their knees to His will and authority.

Men who lead their families in prayer.

Men who protect their wives and children, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

These men aren't perfect and they don't claim to be, but they certainly live out masculinity in a way that unfortunately is counter-cultural these days. I'm grateful that one of them is my husband and my kids' dad, and that the others also have influence over my family in such a positive way.

*I am not and have never claimed to be a photographer. This is an actual pile of some of our rosaries, sitting in the middle of our bed so as to be safe from the one-year-old maniac. 

For what are you grateful today?

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