A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview a young Catholic man who recently graduated from high school, joined the Marines, and was four days removed from boot camp when we met. When a recruit joins the Marines, they submit themselves to the will of their superiors for their first 13 weeks in order that they might become the best soldiers they can be. The physical and mental challenges they push themselves through lead them to places they never dreamed they could get. Strength. Discipline. Fortitude. All of these, and many more, are discovered and developed in 90 days.
We as Catholic men need a spiritual boot camp. You need it. I need it.
Last year I challenged men across the country to join me for the Exodus 90 program. A 90-day journey to freedom. Freedom from addiction to sin, and more importantly, the freedom to choose the good. Many men responded to that call, and many lives were changed.
What does it look like? Well, it is basically Catholic boot camp. In short, 90-days of: cold/lukewarm showers, no alcohol, no desserts or sweets, no eating between meals, no soda, no television or movies, no televised sports, computers for research and work only, regular exercise, weekly group meetings, and a few more fun activities.
You probably have the same reaction as I did (and many other men, as well): “Not…a…chance.” Which is the logical response, quite honestly. That said, I have seen the lives of many men transformed by responding to this call. If it weren’t life changing, I wouldn’t be preparing for my third one, and encouraging you to join me.
Here is a quote from a man who read this article last year and took up the challenge:
“I’ve done everything under the sun to grow in my faith – conferences, retreats, pilgrimages, mission trips, degrees, small groups, books, more books, new ways, old ways – but nothing has made a deeper and more lasting effect than Exodus 90.”
If you start your Exodus on January 21st, 2019, you will end on Easter Sunday (April 21st), and Ash Wednesday will be your halfway point.
If you are looking to become the man God has called you to be, here is your opportunity. If you are struggling with a habitual sin you want to overcome, or you just want to be pushed to grow in your faith, here is your opportunity. Form a small group (preferably four to seven), hold each other accountable, and enjoy the fruits of the hardest 90 days of your life.
And yes, the cold showers are brutal.
Visit Exodus90.com to register for this life-changing experience.
Joe Stopulos is a co-host of “Man Up!”
a weekly radio show and podcast
for Iowa Catholic Radio