St. Peter says in his first letter, “Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour.” (5:8)The goal of our spiritual lives as Christian men is to have an undivided heart that has placed Jesus Christ at its center, as a King who sits upon His throne. The theme for this year's Iron Sharpens Iron Conference is Spiritual Warfare. We know that there is a cosmic battle between the forces of good and evil for the hearts of men. Pope St. John Paul II once said, “[W]e are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the midst of this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it ...” (Evangelium Vitae, 28) Iron Sharpen Iron is an important annual conference for men that gives us an opportunity to again place Christ at the center of our hearts.
I invite you to join hundreds of fellow Catholic men as we come together to pray, grow in our Catholic Christian faith and find strength together in our brotherhood.
In Christ, Fr. Christiansen
St. Pius X Parish in Mountlake Terrace, WA will be hosting the 5th Annual Seattle Catholic Men's Conference April 8, 2017. Fr. Cal Christiansen is our host pastor for this year's conference.