The Devil’s Six Darts

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Your fatherly vocation has been divinely designed to enable you to be lifted up (your crucifixion), and by your sacrificial love draw those around you to Christ and His love (your glorification). Your exaltation demands nothing less than a resolute and enduring faith in God. Faith is more than assenting intellectually to a belief or truth. In its deepest essence, …

The Secret Path

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God has created a secret path between earth and heaven, between God and man, between our nascent identity and our ultimate destiny. If you follow this secret path you will become a man of greatness. This secret path is the context in which God has ordained for you to continually and perpetually give yourself away and thus discover who you …

Where Are You?

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Have you ever heard someone say that the key to having a successful business is location, location, location? Or that one of the keys to success is being in the right place at the right time? And so it is with the vocation of fatherhood. The success of your vocation depends upon your spiritual location. “Where are you?” were the first …

The Most Difficult Job

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Often, when a person is given a role, a job, or a duty that someone else — who has skill, talent, and great capability—previously had, someone will inevitably say to them, “You have some big shoes to fill.” You and I have experienced such moments in our own lives, when we have been asked to “step up” and be the …

What Will You Be Remembered For?

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Have you ever trekked the grounds of a cemetery wondering if any of these people are remembered by those living on this earth today, and if they are remembered, for what precisely are they remembered? If you look closely at those gravestones you will notice that none of the chiseled words bear the titles of Engineer, Software Developer, Computer Programmer, …

The Gaze We Desire

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Have you ever met someone who avoids looking you in the eyes? He looks around you, but not into you? Have you ever struggled to make or retain eye contact with someone? Why do people avoid the gaze of another? The simple answer is that we are all afraid—afraid that the other may see something in us that we don’t want …

Can A Father Be A Saint?

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The short answer is: yes, a father can be a saint. We know that it is possible, but is it probable? Sometimes we fathers have received an idea that we’ve not so much been taught as much as caught: that sainthood is for the monks, priests, nuns, religious, scholars, and theologians. Somewhere along the way we’ve come to believe that …

The Most Important Man

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Have you ever considered who the world’s most important man is? There are hosts of men who are marked by the character and attributes of power, influence, and popularity. Presidents of nations, popes, founders of megachurches, software developers, authors, philanthropists, investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, professors, professional athletes, actors, and inventors are commonly considered candidates who might qualify to meet this noble …

Pillar IV: TEACHING

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Spiritual Amnesia The novel Bourne Identity opens with Jason Bourne being found by Italian fishermen floating—unconscious with two gunshot wounds in his back—in the Mediterranean sea. When he awakes, he discovers that he is suffering from extreme memory loss. While attempting to recover his identity, he realizes that his life is in jeopardy, as he undergoes a series of assassination …

Pillar IV: PROVIDING

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Giving Everything – Leaving nearly nothing Recently, a friend of mine, a father of nine children—all grown and living on their own—confessed that he was vexed by the fact that not one of his children is faithfully practicing their Catholic faith today. He described how he sacrificed for them, working long hours—even weekends—in order to provide them cars when they …