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John J. Jakubczyk has been active in the Pro-Life Movement since 1975.  He served as President of Arizona Right to Life, Arizona's largest, oldest and strongest pro-life organization.  He was on the board of AzRTL for many years and now acts as the Arizona delegate to the National Right to Life Committee.  As the founder and president of Southwest Life & Law Center, he continues to use his legal skills to assist in advising, counseling and defending women, children, pro-life activists, organizations, as well as victims of abortion. A national speaker, motivator and adviser since the 1980s, he is very familiar with the history of the movement at the national level.   A founder and past president of Ville de Marie Academy, he served as a trustee for 15 years.  He has been an attorney in private practice for 35 years, is active in his church, married, the father of 11 children, and a proud grandfather.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Raising Men

I had a conversation today with a young man, the son of a friend of mine. I have known the
young man casually over the years, mostly through his parents. The last time I talked with him was a few years back, so i was a little surprised at his call. The conversation started out with a legal question, not unusual since I am a lawyer. But it quickly turned to more serious subjects and a hunger for the young man to find out what it is all about and where he fits into the scheme of things.
We talked for a long time and it seemed that all of the major "food groups" were discussed: Politics, religion, daily living, how to save money, job prospects. I answered his many questions and offered what I think was sound advice on techniques to quit smoking, cooking on the cheap, and staying focused on the big picture at a time when a lot of young people are simply concerned only with themselves.
I enjoyed being helpful. And I realized that once again I am my father's son. If there was one thing that my dad is always ready to do, it is to impart life skills advice. All of my life I have watched him affect for the good people's lives simply by calling attention to the fact that the decisions they were making were in fact hurting them. Sometimes brutally honest, other times subtle, my dad could see through to the heart of the matter.
Today I continued the tradition. With it I recalled something that Fr. Phillip Chavez explained when he was talking to me about the need for men to mentor young men. He said that with the breakup of the family and the absence of so many fathers from the home, young men are not being mentored by older men. This failure to have someone that a young man can go to to ask questions can affect the young man's maturation process and delay his ability to step into his role as an adult male. those who have the opportunity to mentor must accept the responsibility.
Ultimately I like to refer all of my conversations back to the source of all of our strength.
I recommend that we all stay close to God. for He is our best advisor, teacher and source of grace.