Gen Xer who has grown up (mostly). I earned a PhD in Psychology, and work in marketing research, but my Catholic faith and my family are most important to me. I live with my wife and four kids in Southern California.
I am neither liberal nor conservative. I am Catholic and that makes all the difference. I am pro-life, and pro-family. I am intelligent and open-minded (but not so open minded that my brain falls out). I am opinionated. I laugh (a lot).
Happy Father’s Day! I hope your day is blessed and absolutely fabulous day!
In honor of Father’s day, I was interviewed on Catholic Forum, a half-hour program produced by the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington. You can listen to the interview here on Catholic Dads!
Father’s Day, June 16) is nearly here and Catholic Dads Online will be on the air this Father’s day. If you are in Deleware, Maryland, or on the internet, you can hear Catholic Dads Online founder, Rob Kaiser, in a Father’s Day interview with Bob Krebs on Catholic Forum.
Randy Hain is an author (whose work has been reviewed at Catholic Dads here and here. Randy just published an article, “A Checklist for Catholic Dads” at the National Catholic Register. It would be well worth your time to read it.
I was recently contacted about what advice I would give to a group of college aged Catholic men on being good fathers. I was able to come up with five pieces of advice that I would want young Catholic dads or men who may become Catholic dads to have.
Do you know who Pelagius is? Are you a Pelagian and without even realizing it? Pelagius taught that you can, on your own, live a virtuous life. A Christian understanding recognizes this as false. But do we live that or is there a little Pelagius in how we live? Do you focus on acheivement? Do you take charge? Do you measure success in numbers? If so, then perhaps you are a secret Pelagian.
So many talk about work/life balance, but what we really mean is getting our priorities in order and living an integrated (as opposed to compartmentalized) life. Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck by Kevin Lowry hits the integrated nail on the head with impact. Three things made this book powerful: the humility of the author, the insights of how to be faithful at work, and the number of relevant examples and stories that made the ideas come alive.
Pride, the root of all sin, is a major stumbling block to honestly praying “Thy will be done” instead of “my will be done.” We can talk ourselves into following the wrong path rather than listening to God. But to really mean ‘Thy will be done” we must be willing to give up control.
Do you follow your own path because you know best?
The folks over at The Integrated Catholic Life are hosting their 5th Annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference. Other sponsors include EWTN, Belmont Abbey College, and the Aquinas Center for Theology at Emory University. I have connections to Atlanta from when I worked there and am definitely going. I wanted to make sure Catholic Dads knew about this.
This consideration of stumbling blocks in truly praying “thy will be done” instead of “my will be done” starts with Greed. A life focused on acquisition prevents us from really meaning “thy will be done.”
In your day to day life, especially around work issues, do you trust God or do you take charge to reach your goals?
Randy Hain, co-founder of The Integrated Catholic Life, has come out with his second book, Along the Way – Lessons for an Authentic Journey of Faith. I recommend it for all who are trying to live as authentic Christians, but particularly for Catholic dads. More on the Catholic dad double-down below.