Ordinary Men

Note from Ron: The following article was written by long time Intentional Encounter subscriber, Kelly Wolfe. Kelly converted to Catholicism in 2009 after spending most of his adult life as a heathen. He has his beautiful bride to thank for showing him the way, and for giving him the best 3 kids anyone could ask for. Even though he’s on his second Exodus 90, cold showers in an Iowa January aren’t getting any easier.

For you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving like ordinary men? – 1 Corinthians 3:3

In his book “Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland”, Christopher Browning describes how roughly 500 middle age, middle class, non-police career oriented men mostly from Hamburg, Germany, can participate and be responsible for the death of 83,000 Jews.

It’s a harrowing book, filled with tragedy that is hard to comprehend at times, and there are no heroes anywhere to be found. How can seemingly normal men commit such atrocities?

As I think about all of this, I ask myself, am I an ordinary man? Would I just go along with everyone else, even if what they’re doing is something horrible?

If I’m really honest with myself, most of the time I want to be ordinary. It’s so much easier. I don’t have as many expectations put on me. I can blend in with life. I don’t need to be noticed, there’s a lower chance of failure. Actually, it sounds pretty comfortable and nice to be ordinary.

But God doesn’t want us to be ordinary. In fact, He calls us to be just the opposite. He calls us to take up our cross and lose our life for His sake. He calls us to live differently. To reject Satan and the glamour of sin.

So what can I do to make sure I’m not an ordinary man? I’m in the middle of my second Exodus 90 journey, and one my brothers pledged to pray on his knees every night. I think that’s a great place to start.  Other ideas include spending time in Adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament (this is even a good date night suggestion), going to confession at least monthly, and spending more time actually doing things with your family instead of watching TV or looking at some sort of screen.

We have to constantly pursue our faith. We need to sharpen ourselves against other strong Catholic men. We need to think deeply and prayerfully about who we are and the world around us so that when the time comes we aren’t just ordinary men doing and acting the same as other ordinary men. We need to answer the call with a resounding YES!

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3 Rounds for time:

30 DB Push Press

100 Jump Rope Singles

Post times and Spiritual Training to comments.

“Love consumes us only in the measure of our self-surrender” – St. Therese of Lisieux

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AMRAP in 14 min:

200m Run

50 Sit ups

40 Wall Balls or DB Thrusters

30 SB Cleans

20 Push Ups

Post rounds and Spiritual Training to comments.

“Teach us to give and not count the cost” – St. Ignatius de Loyola

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A TSG Campout Friendly WOD!

  • 100 Down/Ups for Time.  A Down/Up is simply a burpee without the jump at the top.  This is a burner and should be done as fast as possible.  Try to go unbroken if at all possible (i.e. don’t stop to rest).

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4 Rounds for Time:

  • Run 200 meters Carrying Medicine Ball (Wall Ball) on Shoulder.  If you don’t have a medicine ball use a dumbbell and hold it on your shoulder.  Suggest switching shoulders each round.
  • 10 Sandbag Push Presses.

“Nothing great is ever achieved without enduring much.” – St. Catherine of Siena 

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Death By Jumping Pull-ups

Rest 3 minutes… then:

Death By Jumping Squats.  Be sure to go lower than parallel as shown in the video.

“Death By” workout explanation: With a continuously running clock perform 1 rep the first minute, 2 reps the second minute, 3 reps the third minute, and so on, continuing to add 1 rep each minute until you cannot complete the required number of reps in the given minute.

Score total rounds and reps in the last round completed.

Do You Fear Death?

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? -Rom 6:3

Are you afraid of death?  If so, why?  If not, why?

As I was pondering this very question I decided to check out the archives of Bishop Barron’s sermons to see if he explored this topic.

So I opened up my podcast app and went to the “Word on Fire Sermons” show. I then went to the archives and started to scroll. I didn’t even know what I was looking for until I saw the following title of the June 28, 2017 episode called “No Fear of Death.”

I pressed play and, let me just say, Bishop Barron delivered. I mean he always delivers… but this one… it’s good. Real good. You should definitely listen to it. It clarified many things for me and definitely brought me peace.  Please listen to it.

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!

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For Time:

Run 800 meters

Then AMRAP 7 minutes:

  • 5 Push-ups (Normal, not Hand Release)
  • 7 Butterfly Sit-ups
  • 9 Air Squats

Run 800 meters

Post the number of rounds completed during AMRAP and the total time to complete WOD in comments.