Faith, Family, and Fatherhood

Habit #1 of Holy Catholic Families

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Habit #1 of Holy Catholic Families

Thanks for continuing on this journey with our family as we explore the 7 Habits of Holy Catholic Families.  As we move forward I've chosen to outline each of the habits with the following format. The Habit – introduction and explanation. Memory Device – a way to commit the habit to memory (use ours or make up your own). Faith Connection – Where are some places we can find this habit in our Catholic Faith. Sacrament Connection – Which sacrament can we associate with this habit and why. Virtue/Vice Connection – Which virtue pairs well with this habit and which...

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Jesus, Aslan, and the Last Battle

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Jesus, Aslan, and the Last Battle

Luke 11:15-26 When our children were much younger I would read the Chronicles of Narnia to the boys each night before bed. Although they were too young to appreciate the fullness of the stories, they enjoyed them tremendously. They loved the battles, kings, princes, talking beasts, and of course Aslan (the Christ figure of the stories).  It's hard to chose a favorite out of those 7 books but if I were made to chose it would be the last book - The Last Battle.  Like the title suggests, it's the last epic battle between good and evil.  It's a final...

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The Prayer God always says "YES" to.

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The Prayer God always says "YES" to.

Sunrise Mass on our property during a campout. Luke 11:5-13 In today's Gospel Jesus says, "...what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?" What man indeed? We know, or at least we think we know, how to give good gifts to our children. When it comes to the basic needs, we know what good gifts to give. However, our children do not always want those good things we have to offer. They often want the stone instead of bread or the...

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Lord, Teach Me to Pray!

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Lord, Teach Me to Pray!

Luke 11:1-4 I pride myself on being a "self-made man". I have taught myself many things. When I was about 12 years-old I taught myself how to ride a unicycle. After a lot of practice and a lot of failures I was able to leave the balancing poles behind and set out to ride all over the neighborhood. I received a great foundation in the Catholic faith under the careful eyes of Sister Dorothy and Sister Bernadette. Yet, when I came back to the faith after an extended leave of 10 years I taught myself by using the Catechism and...

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Choosing the Better Part

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Choosing the Better Part

We live in an anxious and worried world.  Often we are anxious and worried about things that in no way affect our lives.  We watch the news, read the paper, and become anxious about things in the world  Just as often we forget about these pressing events within a week.  Yet we are also anxious and worried about the real day to day events that touch our lives. What are you anxious and worried about today?  Are you anxious and worried about your job or children's education?  How about your bills or the stock market?  Are you anxious and worried...

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