A Father Who is Known for His Works

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Last meeting we discussed how Joseph was virtually unnoticed during his lifetime. In fact, his life is somewhat veiled. We seem to know very little of him. However, our Lord said that what is hidden will be revealed and what is secret will be made known. Joseph’s hidden, secret fatherhood has been, and is being revealed, even to this very …

Abraham and Joseph: Known Rather than Noticed

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Earner vs. Believer The man who believes that he must earn favor with God and with others believes that his works must be noticed by others. Such a man will not allow his true self to shine – he attempts to maintain an image – in a word, he is an earner. But a man who believes that the Father …

Being Known Rather than Being Noticed: The Battle for the Family

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Being known and being noticed by another are very different in meaning. To be known by another demands that we give ourselves in service to another for their own sake. “Man can only find himself by becoming a sincere gift to others.” (See GS 24) By giving ourselves to another we become known for who we really are. A father …

Joseph’s Silent Listening: Overcoming Intimidation

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Every man, every father, is continually challenged by various trials, obstacles and nearly impossible situations. If you are a man, you will be attacked by evil and tested in many ways. If you are not tested and challenged, then you are either not a man, or you’re dead. All of us are men, and all of us are alive, which …

Abraham’s Listening Heart

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There is a tremendous difference between telling God your plans and God telling His plan for you. Compared to God’s plan for us, our own plans are anemic, small minded, limited in scope. God’s plans for us are beyond what we can ever hope for or imagine. (See Eph 3) To move past the tendency of “following our own plan” …

Discovering Your Purpose II: Listening

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It has been said that we have two ears and one mouth, indicating that we should listen at least twice as much as we talk. It has also been said that when we are in the presence of someone more knowledgeable and intelligent than ourselves we should listen more than we speak. If we apply these principles to our relationship …

Discovering Your Purpose Through Silence

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“God’s first language is silence.” (St. John of the Cross) To become fathers like God the Father, to become like God, we must know God; to know God we must be able to communicate with Him, and to communicate with Him we must speak His language: the language of silence. To speak with God demands that we humble ourselves before …

The Glorious Deficiency of Fatherhood

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Often, when we think of the word ‘Saint’ we envision a holy priest, a bishop, a sister like Mother Theresa, or a Pope like John Paul II. With the exception of St. Joseph, infrequently does a father come to mind. Although many fathers have been canonized, whose example the Church lauds and extols, and though there have existed saints who …

How do I obtain the Light of Fatherhood?

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We’ve all, at some point in our lives, made the mistake of walking in the dark. Often the result is a stubbed toe, a knocked head, or worse a fall down the stairs. Our Lord gives us night walkers some apt advice, “The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going.” (John 12:35) but, “A …

What is the Glory of Your Fatherhood?

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There are literally hundreds of millions of fathers in the world. Fatherhood is like oxygen; it is all around us. It can easily be misinterpreted as something common and even go unnoticed. Yet if we dig deeper we will discover that just as a person cannot survive without oxygen, the world cannot survive without fatherhood. So what is it that …