A primal need in a man's life is to belong... to be connected, to be supported by meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships. From the beginning, mankind discovered that cooperation and connection was vital to survival. Isolation meant certain death in a physically hostile environment. Man-to-man solidarity and community emerged as a survival skill, a means to help defend, protect, and provide for his own and the greater good.
It is an innate need... and part of a man's genetic code to form protective associations and life supporting environments. But when vital man-to-man connection and mutual support is lacking, the lone individual is at a terrible disadvantage. An isolated man can soon be a dead man. The same is true of a man's spiritual life and well being. In a world culture that is in many ways increasingly and expressly hostile to Christianity, an isolated Christian can soon be a spiritually dead Christian.
Increasingly in our culture... both in and outside the Church, we see traditional structures that formerly enabled men to connect and bond in mutually beneficial ways are significantly eroding. Men are becoming more isolated, disconnected. Opportunities for healthful and positive interaction are becoming limited.
So, what are we to do... when confronted by this hostile social and spiritual environment? Where can Catholic men get help and support? Just as in the physical world, connection and cooperation is vital in the struggle for spiritual survival. Where can we find it?
There is a simple, powerful, answer... to contemporary confusion about masculinity. It comes through authentic, believing, practicing, and well-formed Catholic men actually helping other Catholic men, one-on one and in small groups, to build ourselves into the men God intends us to be. We must help each other build a structure in which we can protect one another and form ourselves into authentic Catholic men.
Authentic masculinity... doesn't come to a man with his anatomy. It must be built. It takes concerted effort. Therefore, well formed Catholic men must assume their responsibility to do the hard work of passing on true and authentic Catholic manhood to their sons, brothers, and friends. There must be a living encounter in our daily lives with real examples of honest, authentic, believing Catholic men who themselves strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ, the Perfect Man, live the Gospel message together.
From time immemorial... whether Christian or not, men have sat in tribal circles, in councils of men, in religious orders, in schools, brotherhoods, and fraternal groups, to build social structures ensuring the handing on of the vital masculine legacy. In the challenging times we now face, it appears that many of these former structures have simply collapsed under the constant barrage of the contemporary "culture war". It is time to build up strong new kinds of structures that will hold up in and against today's toxic social environment.
THE KING'S COUNCIL is just that...
Men sitting in council under the Kingship of Jesus Christ the Perfect Man. We share our lives for better or worse, holding each other honestly accountable to each other, assisting each other in living lives of integrity and authenticity according to the Gospel and authentic Church teaching. We exist to meet this challenge head on! We're not out to change the world, but we can change our worlds. Maybe we can't change mankind. But we can change the the man sitting next to us by offering the knowledge, skills, and tools to help him build himself a better life through Faith in Christ.
Honesty. Authenticity. Integrity. Accountability. These are the building blocks our house is made of. We build with the best tools available in men's psychology, Catholic spirituality and social teaching, and physical health and well-being. We build together. We thrive together. We pass it on! Authentic masculinity. Authentic Catholicism. Authentic solidarity. It's what we do.
Come and see!
If the Axe is Dull... "A man who splits logs can be hurt by them. If the axe is dull and hasn't been sharpened first, more force is needed. The wise man increases his success by applying not only power, but also know-how. But a fool wears himself to death..." (Ecclesiastes 10:10, 15) Likewise, the power of masculinity is like electric current or microwave energy... You can use them to cook a man's breakfast... You can also use them to cook the man himself, maybe others besides!
We absolutely can... teach each other to understand, contain, guide and focus our manly power to build ourselves into the community of men God intends us to be! "Sharpen our axes," so to speak, "applingy power and knowledge". We already have the power, that's God given, and there are plenty of men around who are well formed and living the life of faith; who have the experience, the tools, and the know-how...
We can have a lot of joy and fun in the process! "Like men celebrate when it's time to pass out the barbecued ribs!" (Isaiah 9:3) Working together in authentic masculine fellowship and brotherhood creates an unusually joyful, strong and enduring bond. Strength together not only to survive... but also joy to really thrive!
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Since You've Come This Far... You might just be the man we're looking for. We know this has been a long haul to read, some guys didn't make it, so pat yourself on the back. The journey we invite you on takes effort. We're not for tourists or a guy just passing through. That man can go back to playing video games on the couch, or wasting time on Twitter and Tik-Tok. Ours is the real deal. Nothing virtual. Nothing fake. It's hands on and hard work. It's challenging. It's risky. There's sweat, tears, and yep, maybe even a little blood. It takes teamwork. It requires real commitment. That's how a man "grows up". Sorry, bro, not other way.
The Question Is... Do you want to walk with us on the narrow path that leads to becoming the men God intends us to be? Or not? Do you have the guts to push past the fear and excuses and distractions and negativity and actually get on your way? Or not?
Take a Small Risk First... A small next step... Subscribe. Drop us a line. Poke around our website. If you're really gutsy, actually call and talk to one of us. We'd love that! Come to one of our formation retreats or conferences. Find out more. Come and see! Men are waiting... To challenge you, to maybe provoke you, to very likely inspire you, and to also have some fun together. And oh yeah, we're not afraid to say we'll love you! (We think you'll love us, too!)
We Are Serious Men... A circle of Catholic men in council striving for lives of honesty, accountability, integrity, and authenticity under the Kingship of Jesus Christ the Perfect Man. THE KING'S COUNCIL. "Come and see." (John, 1:39)
(Thanks for reading our whole story... That was your first test. You passed! Welcome to the Journey!)
FYI... Initial Training Weekends for 2021 and beyond are now being planned. Development and leadership meetings are now taking place. We are seeking experienced collaborators. Do you have an interest in "Men's Work", i.e., mens' spirituality, mens' psychology, and mens' health and well-being? We are creating an initiatory experience for men in the Catholic Church unlike any other. Contact us!
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