Father To Father

I live in a decent house. I have enough food to eat. In almost all things I lack nothing.

The same could be said by a great deal of people in developed countries, most especially those in the position to make decisions about other people’s lives.

What is lacking in many cases — and we can see this many times in government decisions — is the gift of wisdom.

One of the things my wife and I have noticed in the last few years is the large number of married couples, including Catholics, in which each person views themselves as an individual only slightly connected to the other.

Their lives seem so separate that neither knows nor understands what the other is doing!

Recently, its seems as if every town, city, state, and country in North America, Europe, and beyond, has taken to assaulting the foundations of natural marriage.

In light of this onslaught, you could not be blamed if you felt a sense of helplessness and despair.

Hope for marriage is needed for the good of society

When I got married, I had hopes for my marriage. I hoped we would be happy and have many children and live together a long time. So far so good!

But I don’t think I had hope for marriage in general, at least not that I can recall.

Always teaching your kids to pray

I am sure the vast majority of us pray with our children.

It could be grace before and after meals or a morning offering or three Hail Marys before bed.

Blessed Pope John Paul II and his exhortation to families starts with accepting the Gospel

It is probably no surprise that this week I am returning to the writings of Blessed Pope John Paul II.

As one of the longest serving popes, he wrote extensively. And he wrote often about the family and fatherhood.

Asking and listening… the Holy Father leads by example

One of the things a good father does is allow his children to speak their minds (respectfully, of course), especially when those children are experiencing sadness and sorrow.

Have you asked Joseph to protect your family from the dangers of the world?

Most celebrities these days have bodyguards.

You see them towering above the tiny teen and young adult frames of their employers.

A sad commentary, really, on our disordered desire to be close to these manufactured idols.

Invoking the Holy help of the foster father of Christ

Many of us have patron saints.

Some are related to our baptismal or confirmation names; others we’ve adopted as circumstances and spirituality have dictated.

Is my interior life what it needs to be so I can sacrifice for my family?

Over the past several weeks, we have looked at many aspects of St. Joseph’s incredible life: his work habits, the way he lived conjugal union with the Blessed Virgin, and his silent strength.

Today we continue our examination of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Redemptoris Custos, this time looking at the relationship between St. Joseph’s interior life and his ability to make great sacrifices for the child Jesus.