Being Human Podcast - Episode 13: St. Joseph's Masculine Genius
Dec 31, 2019
Welcome to Episode 13 of the Being Human Podcast: St. Joseph’s Masculine Genius
In this episode, we talk about:
- St. Joseph and the masculine genius
- Differences in male and female brains, and what that reveals about male and female persons
- Seven qualities of St. Joseph that can teach us about the Masculine Genius (see below)
Men have more testosterone, more intra-hemispheric neural connectivity, less progesterone, and less cross-hemispheric neural connectivity.
St. Joseph was a man of:
- Requires aggression, lower consideration of immediate consequences;
- Sometimes held in suspicion, especially when used without prudence
- (Takes out anger on loved ones; speaks badly about neighbors and co-workers even family or friends)
- Requires structured time and processing, sometimes less time with people, and sense of duty that isn’t connected to immediate relational value
- Sometimes laziness and lack of connection lead to isolation
- (Reckless waste of time; video games, partying, endless hobbies and projects around house)
- Requires courage to not be in charge
- Distortion of this leads to weakness, lack of leadership, giving in to immediate gratification
- (Can’t recognize need to worship God, acts as if he’s the god of his own life)
- Requires structured order on when to be aggressive and when to die to self
- Distortion again is weakness
- (Can’t stand up for what’s right, poor example of self-care, hygiene, drive and discipline)
- Recognizes the gift of serving and whom he serves; holds duty in high regard
- Distortion is to give emphasis to the wrong things to reverence at the expense of whom he is actually called to reverence.
- (Enmeshment, cares more about other people’s approval than his own stewardship of what he’s truly given charge over; pays more attention to other women or other endeavors that might be worthy in themselves but not for him)
- Hold the big picture of the family as contrasted from the immediate family
- Can be distorted by misaligning allegiances and imbalance of devotion and attention
- (Too much obedience to family of origin)
- Purposeful discernment that weighs all aspects of situation both subjective and objective; sometimes detached from particular relationships to ultimately serve in the bigger picture
- Can be distorted by selfish garnering of approval or lack of discernment
- (Stubborn men who are using willfulness to steamroll over spouse and family)
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