It’s hard to believe that the Summer is drawing to a close, but here we are. We’ve had our family vacations, the kids are anxiously awaiting their return to school, and most parents are ready to see their kids back in the throngs of academia. Despite the numerous times I have prepared my children to return to school at the end of each summer, I can’t help but wonder if there is anything significant and meaningful that I need to do for my children before they return. While thinking about this I came upon this powerful poem about being a saint inspired by Blessed Pope John Paul II.
Faith & Spirituality
Prayer may not seem manly to us today. But is because we lost the example. Somewhere in the past generation(s) fathers stopped leading their families in prayer.
As a Catholic Dad, how are you modeling and teaching prayer to your children?
As we are approaching July 4th, I believe it’s important to write a short blog on how to be a good citizen of the State, according to Catholic/Biblical standards.
First: “Let every soul be subject to higher powers: for there is no power but from God: and those that are, are ordained from God” (Romans 13:1).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) quotes this verse of Sacred Scripture in order to advocate the fact that the authorities which exist have been instituted by God.
We know that when we face an obstacle, problem, or task, there is usually a tool to help us solve or complete the task quickly and efficiently. Choosing the right tool for the most important challenges is rarely easy or straightforward. This is especially true when facing spiritual challenges. Just like other tasks or obstacles, there are tools available, but sometimes they aren’t so obvious.
Corinthians 6:19-20 may be one of the hardest passages in the to live by and to teach to our children.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.”
This passage is one of the hardest to live by, for the old and young, for a few reasons….
Sacred Heart of Jesus. Growing up I did not know much about this feast, but over the years it has become one of my favorite feasts for many reasons.
First, Jesus promised in visions to St. Margaret Mary many blessings to those who practice devotion to His Sacred Heart including, but not limited to:
Tepid Souls shall become fervent.
- I will give peace in their families.
- I will give them all the graces necessary of their state of life.
- I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.
- I will console them in all their troubles
May 31 is the feast day of the second Joyful mystery of the Holy Rosary, the Visitation. When I reflect on the Visitation, I cannot help but move immediately to the Magnificat of Mary, Mary’s first recorded words after Elizabeth’s greeting.
Every time I read/sing this prayer something different sticks out to me. Recently, what has struck me the most is the way God works in the world…
April 16th is the feast day of one of the most popular saints, St. Bernadette Soubirous. Saint Bernadette is mainly remembered for her experience of meeting the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France, when she was only a girl, and her many subsequent visions of Our Lady thereafter. What is not as often remembered is that St. Bernadette struggled with sickness and illness throughout her life. Just as Our Lady of Lourdes said to Saint Bernadette, “I do not promise to make you happy in this life, but in the next.” In light of that, I would like to take the opportunity of St. Bernadette’s feast day to focus on how to talk to our children about sickness and suffering.
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.