ChurchMilitant.TV: Manhood Gut Check

With Father's Day right around the corner ChurchMilitant.TV's Michael Voris takes a look at some startling statistics about fatherless children and why fathers are so important for society to survive.

This quote sums it up best...

All this has happened because many men rejected the basic foundational truth of manhood: that your life is to be spent at the service of others, even to the point of dying for those you love to protect them. Until sufficient numbers of men understand that and make it their own again, society will be lost and spiral even more out of control.

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Meg Meeker: Dads: Six Essential Love – "Dos and Don'ts" for Your Daughter

I thank God every day for my daughters and how much fun we have and how much they make laugh. Dads have an important role to play in raising girls and we need to remember just how much they look to us for attention, understanding, and love. Dr. Meeker explains some "dos and don'ts" and a reminder that fathers hold a special spot in their daughters hearts.

Women, like men, want to feel that someone in their lives adores them. Adoration is the sense that you can do no wrong. Why should you communicate this to your daughter when she, of course, makes mistakes? Because she needs it from you. Because she needs it from you, your daughter has a space in her heart that is designed for you alone. No one else can occupy that spot.

You can check out the entire article and the "dos and don'ts" list at the link below.

Read Dads: Six Essential Love - "Dos and Don'ts" for Your Daughter at MegMeekerMD.com

Working on the Tree House

Recently the boys and I started working on a tree house. We're almost finished and were able to use some wood leftover from our deck. The kids are very excited about it! I'll post some more pictures when it's finished, but here's some photos of our first day working on it.

Here's also a bonus video of the boys working hard!

Two Reflections for Fathers

In the morning before work, one of my favorite books to read is Lives of the Saints by Fr. Alban Butler. For each day of the year it has a brief writing about the Saint of the Day, followed by a reflection that is a great help in my daily meditations.

I wanted to share two reflections from last week that really struck a chord as a father of young children. The first was from August 16th, The Feast of St. Joachim, Confessor...

Fathers have a hidden but most important part to play in the lives of their children. They can lead their children into paths of holiness and by so doing their own children may be for them a source of numerous spiritual blessings.

I could use all the spiritual blessings I can get! God's gift of my children is an amazing grace, one that I am thankful for each day. The least I can do in thanksgiving is to teach them to love God and help them grow up to be saints.

The second was from August 13th, The Feast of St. John Berchmans, Confessor...

Let us remember these beautiful words of St. John Berchmans: "If I do not become a saint when I am young, I shall never become one."

Both reflections really made me think about my children, and particularly their eternal souls. Many thoughts entered my head questioning my parenting and teaching, my relationship with their mother, how hard I was working, and so on. Was I doing enough? Was I doing everything I could or should be doing? Of course, the easy answer is no, as every day I find things I can do better and give more to God, my wife, and my children. But that answer made me realize that I had taken another step on my journey toward growing closer to God and eternal life with Him. By the Grace of God I realized that I wanted to do more spiritually and be a better Catholic, Husband, and Father. Moving forward, one small step at a time, is one of the most important things I can do for my wife and children.

St. Joachim and St. John Berchmans, Pray For Us!

Tips for Successful Fathers

Here's a good article with steps for Fathers to be successful in marriage and fatherhood. I know I am challenged daily and it's good to tuck away these steps as a reminder of how important being a husband and father is.

The article also caught my eye as it features this great quote from Pope John Paul II...

Pope John Paul II wrote: "The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family . . . the family is placed at the center of the great struggle between good and evil, between life and death, between love and all that is opposed to love. To the family is entrusted the task of striving, first and foremost, to unleash the forces of good, the source of which is found in Christ the Redeemer of man."

How can you not be fired up after a quote like that!

Read 8 Habits of Highly Successful Fathers at Fathers for Good

Manager of His Home by Steve Maxwell

Manager of His HomeJust wanted to share a quick note about this talk I listened to. It's call "Manager of His Home" and it's by Steve Maxwell of www.titus2.com. It's packed with scripture references and insight specifically for homeschooling dads and their homes. If you get a chance, I highly recommend it! Mr. Maxwell really dives into the husband as the head of the home and family and helps point you in the right direction to raising and teaching your kids and strengthening your relationship with your wife in the process. I've only listened to disc one so far, but am looking forward to part 2.

For more info, you can visit www.titus2.com. We discovered the site from my sister-in-law (who I borrowed the talk from as well) as they feature products for helping you organize and schedule your home and homeschool. Homeschooling is a very difficult endeavor, but the rewards are countless. If you're thinking about it or have any questions, drop me an email at jeremy@goodsaints.com.

Great resource for Fathers

I've been meaning to talk briefly about Fathers for Good, an initiative for men by the Knights of Columbus, for some time now.

Fathers for Good

The site features tons of information for Catholic Fathers, who need all the help they can get raising good catholic children. I recently watched a great video titled Our Troubled Times by Psychiatrist Richard Fitzgibbons. He talks about men and their emotions and how to handle today's troubles in society. It's well worth watching (especially the part on manly virtues) and you can watch it here.

Also on the site is a section called Model Fathers, which features great information on two of my favorite saints and one of my favorite "saints" - St. Joseph, St. Thomas More, and Venerable Servant of God Father Michael McGivney (In March 2008, Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Father McGivney, a parish priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford and found of the Knights of the Columbus, who died in 1890 at the age of 38).

I am a member of the Knights of Columbus and love the work they are doing to help Catholic Families. Every day I see more and more the battle ahead that we have to raise our children and it's good to know that we are not alone physically or spiritually. St. Joseph, St. Thomas More, and Venerable Father McGivney - Pray for Us!

New Feature!

Now you can see the latest posts from my other two blogs, Leelanau Sports Guy's World and Good Saints on the right-hand side of this site. Go ahead and start reading!

Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

I have fallen way behind in updating the family photo gallery (sorry!), but here's a couple of recent photos of the girl and boys...

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There's hope for me yet

A top 10 list I can relate to!

Read Top ten reasons Geeks make good fathers at Welcome to MY world

I knew all of the LEGO building and video game playing would pay off someday!