Understanding the Breach
In the “Leadership” episode, Alexandre Havard says that leadership “is not about temperament, but about character.
Leaders are not born; they’re made because they have practiced character.”
• What are some character traits you might expect or want in a leader? Why?
• How would a man who wants to become a leader go about “practicing character”? What does this mean in real terms?
• Consider the character traits expected of a leader. Which traits are your strongest? Which can you improve upon? Come up with practical ways to “practice character” so as to build these leadership traits in yourself.
Bricks For The Breach
“So as fathers, I think you can have two extremes. You can have the extreme of ‘I just bark orders and expect you to follow.’ Or this idea of ‘I’m just not connected. I just kind of go through the motions.’ And that idea of servant leadership looks at the virtue, the middle ground, of saying. ‘What do I need to do to help my children excel, to know Christ, but also how do I shape them as a human being?’ And so it’s really looking to say, ‘What do I need to do to serve?’ and then doing it.” (Thomas Wurtz)
“Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is primarily spiritual, but it is progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our own homes.” (Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men)
Sword of the Spirit
Learn to do good. Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)