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TALK 1: BEING BELOVED SONS
In this reflection we'll ask the foundational question, the one St. Augustine said we could ask our whole lives long and still never get to the bottom of ... Who am I? What defines me as a man? Is it my work, my effort, my successes or my failures? What does the culture say? What does our faith say?

Reflection Before Confession
Opening up to the Divine Physician. Examination of conscience and reflection.

TALK 2: BEING BROTHERS
It is not enough just to be beloved sons in relation to God the Father. He wants to expand the family. From the beginning Adam was called to a brotherhood, within a certain sense the creatures around him. Saint Frances of Assisi articulated this well and calling everything around him in the created world brother or sister. Adam is then gifted with his sister from the very beginning. Eve. Man is made for relationship, and the family and friendship are the places where his humanity and his heart are stretched and grow in interdependency and accountability.

TALK 3: AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH
St. John Paul II once wrote that "Masculinity and feminity are distinct, yet at the same time they complete and explain each other." Why is our union, at some level, essential to making the image of God present in the world? We'll look beyond the stereotypes to the archetypes in the mysterious dance of masculine and feminine, and at how man has a unique role to play in leading the dance, and how a redeemed passion or eros is essential for man.

TALK 4: THE SCHOOL OF THE FAMILY
There is nothing like the mirror of others to reveal to us who we truly are. Our families are designed to be our path to heaven. Living in this "crucible of community" can be rough, reminding us of our own weaknesses, shortcomings, and sins. But those rough edges can be worn soft when we open up to the purification that these most intimate relationships can bring. Our spouse and children can expose the flaws as well as the strengths that need to be tempered to make us truly holy and ready for heaven.

TALK 5: VULNERABILITY and RISE How To (John Edwards)
• You have the ability to allow God to change your life through your own vulnerability.
• Walking with brothers.
• The Family.
• Running a RISE Group.