Faith & Spirituality

We’re coming back from a long holiday weekend. That usually means a sluggish start to the work week. Too much food, drink, fun, etc. Long interruptions in my daily routine can often lead to a series of slip-ups that very easily turn into a landslide. I doubt I am alone on this one. So how do we stop it?

sts-peter-and-paul“Lord God, help us to trust in you more every day and pass that trust to our families. Let us learn from the examples of your blessed disciples Peter and Paul and be the same servants to you as they were. Amen.

CommunionLord God, help us to raise our children the way you intend. Be there for us as we endure the pain of watching our children suffer afflictions to come out stronger followers of Christ. Help us to show our children what surrender is. Going into this Solemnity of Corpus Christi, let us be the father’s that God has designed us to be. Amen.

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“The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”

Happy Father’s Day!

IDThe Iron Disciples group focuses on our roles as husbands, fathers, and most importantly, disciples of God. We don’t have any strict rules or format. We bring our experiences, troubles, and triumphs to the table, and we talk it out. These aren’t Holy Rollers, they aren’t clergy, they aren’t “Holier than thou”. They are real, everyday men.

Don’t think you need a fellowship group in your life? Can’t bring yourself to break down that wall to your heart? Trust me, I was there. I will tell you exactly why I need this group and you might too.

DisciplineI was a boy living my own life for a long time. Christ had always been a “part” of my life but for a long time, He was nowhere near the top of my list. That all changed when my daughter was born. While my wife was pregnant, I had flirted with my faith again but I was more or less going through the motions.

Randy Hain has written a new book for Catholic men. I review it here, along with the reasons that you may want to get this one. In a world where it is tough to be a man, and even harder to be an authentic Catholic man, it is important to have resources that help you along the way. This is one of those resources.

fc_will-mom-dad-blog-600x400 (1)Preparation for a sacrament is an opportunity for great joy along intertwined with the potential for great frustration.  The sacraments are profound encounters with the grace of God, but our human experience can get in the way. As a father of three boys and three girls, I have been though First Communion preparation seven times (counting my own). It is different every time, but I have found out it is very easy to get focused on the external rather than the internal and miss the whole point.

statue_of_MaryMary is truly a great role-model for fathers today.  I think a natural reaction to this would be something like, “How can a mother teach us something about being a father?” I think the answer to this question lies in thinking about two things we are called to do as Catholic Christian dads: to provide an example for our children of living a devout life here on earth and to bring our children to a deeper faith.

You are a Catholic hiking in a remote section of the Himalayan region when you unexpectedly startle a local Yak herd. In the ensuing stampede you are gored by a Yak bull and seriously injured.

You are afraid you may die and the herdsman carries you down the hill to the nearest Orthodox church. The priest rushes to your side and offers to hear your confession.

As a Catholic, can this Orthodox priest shrive you?

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