Daily inspiration before Father's Day
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Note: With Father’s Day this weekend, I know you’ll enjoy this fresh look at the important role that dad's play in family life!  I'm taking this week to send you encouragement about what it means to be a Dad.  A Catholic Dad.  Your Kid's Dad.  ... and a father figure to the youth in our society, even for those of you who do not have a son or daughter in the flesh, to the children who do not have a father present in their lives.  So that, by Father's Day, we can all have useful and powerful tools in our Manhood tool box to be even more the man, husband, and father that God calls us to be.  Look below for today's edition. You can also bookmark this webpage to come back to, or move these (and all CMCS) mails to their own special email folder for archiving.  If you were forwarded this E-mail and you like it, sign up here Thank you very much!  Happy Father's Day!  ~ Frank J Casella
The Time We Spend With Our
Families Is Our First Ministry
(From the 2015 CMCS archives)
Many of you have asked me to share what I meant from my interview on CatholicTV about how, as Catholic Men and husbands, our family is our first ministry.  Some of you questioned that our work should be our first ministry, because of how it provides for the family.  Here is the full text of what I said …
” The time we spend with our family should never be a second thought. It should always be our first thought. ….it is our first ministry. I mean, as husbands and fathers, Jesus said we are the priest of our homes, and as dads our job is to get our family members to heaven. “
I find this to be very clear from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, how the husband is the head of the home and, together with his wife, models the Holy Family with their children.
1657    It is here that the father of the family, the mother, children, and all members of the family exercise the priesthood of the baptized in a privileged way “by the reception of the sacraments, prayer and thanksgiving, the witness of a holy life, and self-denial and active charity.”170 Thus the home is the first school of Christian life and “a school for human enrichment.”171 Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous—even repeated—forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one’s life. (1268, 2214-2231, 2685)
1659    St. Paul said: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church…. This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church” (Eph 5:25, 32).
1666    The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called “the domestic church,” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity.
I am told by some people they have the impression that because I share words like this that my household is ‘perfect’ and I speak from experience.  Rather, many of my words on this blog I speak from as I am learning. If I speak from experience, it would be from my many years involvement in Catholic Men’s movement. Over a decade ago I saw a need for a Catholic men’s movement in Chicago, mostly for myself to grow and be accountable to, so I started one so that others may benefit. This is my purpose in life because it is my passion, it is not my identity.
Our work, or what we do in life, has nothing to do with who we are as a man, Catholic, husband, father, and person in Christ.
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