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Becoming a 'man of prayer'

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About 200 men gathered at Good Shepherd Church in Alexandria for a morning of prayer and reflection March 6.


Due to COVID-19, the event, organized by the diocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Respect Life, was a scaled-back version of the popular men’s conference. The theme this year was, “Thy Kingdom Come: Restoring all Things in Christ the King.”

Speakers at the event included popular EWTN personalities Edward Sri and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers.

Both stressed the importance of men being willing to stand up for the faith in challenging times.

“Here’s the key: strong men, strong families,” Burke-Sivers said. “Strong families, strong church. Strong church, we take back the culture. That’s how it works. But we have to start within each and every heart of every man. … being a man of prayer.”

Sri, in his talk, spoke on topics he’s explored in two books on moral relativism.

“We need to practice exercising little acts of courage so that when bigger acts of courage are going to be called upon us, we will stand with Jesus,” Sri said. “If I lose my Twitter account, I don’t care. But if I lose my soul, that’s what matters. Let’s not be men that are so afraid right now to witness to Jesus Christ and the truth and the beauty and the love of our Catholic faith.”

Following the morning talks, Sri and Burke-Sivers received a standing ovation.

The two then sat for a 30-minute Q&A session.

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge concluded the day by celebrating Mass for those in attendance.

In his homily, he encouraged all to go to confession this Lent and amend any parts of their lives that may need to be changed.

“As recipients of God’s compassion and kindness and mercy, the Lord only asks that we share those gifts with others,” Bishop Burbidge said. “In this sacred season of Lent, with his help, forgive those who have offended you. Let go of any anger and bitterness and restore any fractured relationship. For only then will you know the peace that Christ so much wants you to have in this sacred season.”

Next year’s diocesan men’s conference is tentatively planned for March 5, 2022.




© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021