Catholic Watchmen aims to meet men where they are at

| Deacon Jim Bauhs | April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

On Saturday, Feb. 27, I had the privilege to serve as deacon at the Mass for the Archdiocesan Men’s Day at the University of St. Thomas fieldhouse. From my vantage point, seated between Bishop Andrew Cozzens and Father Bill Baer, I was able to look out over the sea of more than 1,700 men. That view gave me great hope. These men, our brothers in Christ, gathered together to learn about the Catholic Watchmen movement that has begun in this archdiocese. They accepted the challenge to become Catholic Watchmen, pledged to exercise the seven disciplines of the Catholic Watchmen movement and to support each other, and they were initiated as Catholic Watchmen by Bishop Cozzens.

You may be saying, “Well, deacon, that’s great for those 1,700 guys, but I’m just not sure if that’s for me right now.” My response is: “That is perfectly fine.” God wants to meet you exactly where you are at. But, he does not want to leave you there. He has so much more planned for you. Are you being called to be a Catholic Watchman?

God created you to provide for, protect and lead your family. Sin entered the world when Adam failed to protect his family, Eve. In Genesis 3:6b we read, “So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”

Adam was right there. He did not protect Eve from Satan. Don’t let that happen to your family.

How can you prepare to better provide, protect, and lead your family? By committing to the seven disciplines of Catholic Watchmen:

  • Daily: Praying, reading sacred Scripture and being a spiritual father.
  • Weekly: Be fully engaged at Sunday Mass, and be a witness to your family and community.
  • Monthly: Go to confession and attend parish-based meetings with other Catholic men.

Successfully exercising these seven disciplines will help you become a better version of yourself.

Becoming a better man

This movement has been structured to meet men wherever they are at on their individual journey. You can gather with your Catholic brothers in social settings to get to know each other and enjoy fellowship. These men will support you; they will also challenge you to become a more perfect version of yourself. For Jesus also challenges us in Matthew 5:48: “So be perfect, just as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” Your fellow Catholic Watchmen will help you meet this challenge.

I see a great potential in the Catholic Watchmen movement because of the many similarities to my own personal experience. Entering into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through the study of Scripture, spending time with him in prayer and adoration, and surrounding yourself with other men who are on the same journey who will challenge you, hold you accountable and support you, parallels my formation and life as a permanent deacon. Exercising the seven disciplines, like the deacon formation program, will make you a better man, husband, father, son, Christian and Catholic. You can become the best version of yourself.

A wise friend of mine shared the following quote from Jim Rohn: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Who are the five people that you spend the most time with? Do they lift you up? Or do they drag you down? The Catholic Watchmen movement is providing opportunities to associate with men who will lift you up. Will you make Jesus one of your five?

Your Catholic brothers are waiting and wanting to meet, challenge, and support you.

A member of Bishop Cozzen’s Catholic Watchmen Vanguard, Deacon Bauhs was ordained in 2010 and ministers at Guardian Angels in Chaska. He also serves as director of mission and outreach at St. Hubert in Chanhassen.

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