As Catholic fathers, the concepts of self-sacrifice, dying to self, and the greatest of loves… are not foreign to us. They are the definition of who we are as Catholics. Living these virtues is not only heroic, but it is Christ-like. It is our calling as fathers. Having children shouldn’t be something that makes us, or anyone for that matter, think that we are some how dividing anything. More children does not divide time, money, resources, and most importantly it does not divide love.
These ‘finer things’ are important because they are both reflective of our culture, but it also informs our tastes and values. As Catholics, we are virtue based moral beings. Our values, are supposed to be the fruits of our morality mixed with our cultural inclinations. We value time with our family, because we are supposed to be a culture of life. Do we watch movies, read books, and participate in cultural things that reflect that belief? If not, what does it say about that core belief? What does it do to shape and sharpen our virtue?
Our faith is something to be “experienced” with all the senses. So often in our modern churches we remove those sensory details which have such a profound affect on us. Statues, altars, side altars and chapels, fonts, marble, paintings, wood carvings, and other visual “treats” that once captured our mind’s eye have now been taken away in many places and the spaces left void, so that we can focus on something else. But what is that something else… We need to place ourselves, but especially our children, in the midst of things that speak to their soul and to their heart. They are “fertile” ground, and the seeds we plant must be rooted in truth – in God.
Is there a “secret” to keeping children quiet at Mass?
Is there a secret? Should they be at Mass? Are there lessons to be learned? I think that all parents struggle with the best way to teach children to “be quiet” at Mass. Personalities come into play, as well as the atmosphere at your parish, but there are also tangible things we can do as parents. The question gets larger though when we ask whether there is also a spiritual or theological angle to the question.
This post is a little “late” in terms of when I usually post and that is for a couple of reasons. The main reason is because I have been working on two pretty big blog events over at Defend Us In Battle. The second is because my family was given 5 chickens to “process” today, and [...]
Is chanting “We’ve Got Jesus!” appropriate if it is in response to an attack chant?
So what would you say to your child if they were part of a crowd shouting “We’ve Got Jesus!” After a win? Would you chastise them for “Rubbing it in” on the defeated team? Would you be upset that they were using faith as a sword or banner of victory? Would you be upset that they were not gracious in winning, just as they should be in defeat? What if it was in response to another teams actions? What if it was defensive? What if it actually embraced the faith?
The reason it is so important to have a true Catholic community to interact within, isn’t to isolate ourselves from the world out of fear, but to create a community home much the way we create a “Home” out of our domestic houses in order to center and solidify our family virtues with society. The parallels between our Catholic community and our domestic home are many. Most significant in these similarities is that we aren’t constructing something to shelter and keep hidden that which we are, but to strengthen, grow, and solidify who we are so as to best prepare our family to go out into the greater world and culture and be an example of the Gospel through our actions and who and how we are as individuals
This week I have decided to cross-post a video I recently made. It has gotten some positive responses so far, so I figured I should share it with the CDO community. Hope you are inspired, filled with hope, and feel some joy while watching it. Please feel free to share it, repost it, and use [...]
We must find ways to recharge. Whether that is Mass, Adoration, personal prayer, reading, or just reflective time doing some hobby, we need to make sure that we are not only making ourselves happy but preparing ourselves for the daily battle that our soul endures. This isnt just about feelingrefreshed this is making sure that we are guarded against the toils of war we face, spiritually, as Catholic men entrusted with the care of not only ourselves, but others. So we need to be aware that over time we get worn down, that we cant do this alone, and that we need to take care of our spiritual condition. The best way we can do this is to seek God, and ask him to care and comfort us – to recharge us!
The young Catholics with their ‘new’ orthodoxy are, in my opinion, the ‘Springtime’ of the Church.
Cruise the blogs, Twitter, and Facebook and see what the kids are saying. These are the new editorial pages, these are the new parish bulletins, the new Catholic papers, and what you will find there is an allegiance to the Pope, a fidelity to the Church, and a harkening back to the virtues and practices rooted in organic tradition. Traditional Liturgy, Chant, Polyphony, habits, sacrifice, the Catechism, and a dying of self for the faith. Of course the boomers who currently control the AmChurch wont be found reading things like Facebook, Twitter, and the blogs, not just because most of them don’t know how to use them but because they don’t like what is found there.