Family Life

A Letter To My Sons

November 25th, 2013

Rural Route DeliveryTo My Dear Sons,

I have so many things to say and tell you about that I don’t even know exactly where to begin.

I believe it’s best if I start by saying that I love you dearly.

I will never forget the days you two were born, especially the moment I saw each one of you coming out to light. At each time I’ve felt as if something in me has changed and that I’ve become a better person because of you. I actually felt as if I’m getting closer to heaven, maybe because that’s where you came from. When you came to life, you brought with you the scent of heaven.

Dad and daughter playing around.No dad looks forward to arriving at home from work to find his kids fighting and his wife stressed out.

Disobedient kids who dodge chores are sure to make even the most loving mom cranky.

This is a not-so unfamiliar scene from what I experienced last spring at the Weber home.

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.

domesticchurchHappy 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!

gn22_10-god-tests-abraham-thebricktestament-com-300x225We may not be perfect fathers, but neither were a few guys in the Bible. Most of the dads in the Bible would have their children taken from them by the state in roughly 2.65 milliseconds if they tried to pull some of their shenanigans in today’s society. Perhaps there is something we need to learn from that in understanding our own shortcomings.

stack460Kids across the country are out of school, and now we’re at the beginning of hot days, summer vacations, and of course, the proverbial summer reading lists. Here is a list of Catholic books it would be worthwhile looking into for youths and young adults in your life.

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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