Understanding the Breach 

The “Brotherhood” episode tells us that men need a “band of brothers”—other men they can rely upon. 

The twelve apostles were such a band. 

Men bond together in “brotherhood” through various experiences, such as team sports, a college fraternity or military service.

In what ways are such “band of brothers” experiences positive? In what ways can they be unhealthy? • Men sometimes act like “lone rangers” who want to be selfsufficient, taking on burdens without assistance, not wanting to admit any weakness or need of others. Why is it important even for such “rugged individuals” to form bonds of male friendships? • In what ways do the Apostles provide a model for a “band of brothers” today? 

Bricks For The Breach

A great Catholic friend is someone who is not afraid to tell you when you’re wrong, when you’re doing something that’s out of line with your faith or when you are doing something that’s unethical. They’re the ones that’re going to pick you up when you fall. They’re the ones that’re going to move you forward when you’re slowing down. And they’re the ones that’re going to push you to move past your limits.” (Master Sergeant Sompaul Vorapanich) 

Sword of the Spirit

Iron is sharpened by iron; one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) 

“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13)