Faith & Spirituality

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?

126822-004-B7C5CC2CIt’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.

512px-Sebastiano_Ricci_-_Prayer_in_the_Garden_-_WGA19438 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?

bible-american-flag1As 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.

B & W Toolbox - free clipartWe 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.

001-19o310pCorinthians 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….

black and white sacred heartSacred 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

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.

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