“The world is facing a crisis of manhood.” Those words were recently spoken by a hero of mine, Fr. John Riccardo. I agree with him. And you might, too. After all, the proof of this crisis is all around us. In many ways, the men of today aren’t living up to their call to authentic masculinity. Instead of being the sons, husbands, and fathers we are called to be, many are settling for something much less: mediocrity. If you need an example, look at many college campuses today. Perhaps your workplace, too. Indifference and amorality are the norm. Is this what it means to be a man? Marriages are struggling, Christianity in the West is in decline (especially among men). Drugs, alcohol, pornography, video games, gambling, are ravaging men, good men, and replacing their lives with ones less than they were meant to be.
Amidst this chaos, I sat back idle for far too long, as many others continue to do. But it’s time to respond. It’s time to change.
I’m calling all men to a life-changing challenge that is designed to jolt you, and those you love, back into a right relationship with God. It’s called Exodus 90, or as I have called it –Lent on steroids. And it won’t be easy.
Every day, for 90 days, you will commit to the following: Cold/lukewarm showers (please, don’t stop reading), NO alcohol, NO desserts or sweets, NO eating between meals, NO soda, NO television or movies, NO televised sports, computer for research and work ONLY, regular exercise, a weekly group meeting, and more.
If you’re wondering, I had the same reaction you likely just did reading all that. “Not. A. Chance.” But then I was challenged, boldly challenged by someone who cares for me. A challenge not unlike mine here. Because of that challenge, my life has been changed.
2018 presents a unique opportunity. January 1st, 2018 until Easter Sunday (April 1st, 2018) is exactly, you guessed it, 90 days. Here is your opportunity. If you are struggling with a habitual sin, or simply want to take your faith to the next level, the time is now. Step one is to commit yourself. Step two is to challenge other men you know to venture with you. Convincing others (and maybe yourself) will be tough, so having a small group (preferably four to seven) for accountability and support is crucial. Then, enjoy the fruits of your efforts, the hardest (and most rewarding) 90 days of your life.
And yes, the cold showers are brutal.