The following is a transcript of Mike Nuzzo’s talk on “That Man is You” — an invitation to all men in the parish to join this exciting new mens group. For more information, contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to address the men here tonight, but ladies please listen also as I may need some assistance from you.
Are there any sports fans here? If you’re like me, you probably have an opinion or two about your favorite team and how to make it better, and you discuss these with your friends (such as the backup quarterback situation for the Packers). If somebody starts to jeer your team, you will jump up and defend them to the best of your abilities (even if you think the other guy might be a little bit right). For some of you, it would be a dream come true to be a part of that team, even as a waterboy.
I would like to discuss a different team. We have a pretty good head coach, who we call God, and an awesome star quarterback in Jesus Christ. Our team is being attacked from all angles in society, in our homes, and in our schools. The problem is that our fans are not real comfortable talking about their team, or just don’t know how to handle the situation. We know that the world has serious issues, but we are so over committed that it is too much of an effort to tackle some of the major problems we face, so we just do the best we can with each day, and hope things work out.
That Man Is You is a weekly men’s group designed to specifically address the problems you face today, and help you understand the roots of the issues and what you can do about it. It started in 2004 in Texas and has spread to over 250 parishes nationwide. It starts with a polished 30 minute video presentation, using science and hard facts to dissect the issues, and logically presents the wisdom of the church. We then break into small groups where you can discuss how to apply it to your life, and hear the same from other men in your group.
It is especially valuable to fathers with children in the home, but all men will find it worthwhile. This program is made to meet you wherever you are in your spiritual life, accept you, and help you along the journey.
One of my favorite quotes from Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”
I found this program because I was looking for something to guide me in raising my two boys, Drake and Luke. I was hoping to find a program that would help me lead them down the right path, and avoid some of the mistakes I made when I was growing up. I am very confident that this is the right program for me, but I need your help, because this program is about the men, and figuring things out together. Today is draft day for our team. Don’t just sit on the sidelines and hope your team does OK. We need linemen, running backs, and wide receivers to help our team move forward. We need linebackers and safeties to defend our families from attack. You are the head coach or star quarterback in someone’s eyes, and they are looking to you for guidance. Don’t do nothing. We need you.
Thank you very much!