The Double-Fisted Gospel: A Remedy for Absent Male Catholics

The Double-Fisted Gospel: A Remedy for Absent Male Catholics by Steve Wood Editor’s note: During this Year of Mercy, I thought it expedient to resurrect a modified edition of this article from seventeen years ago which highlights the unique perspective that men have...
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Why the New Evangelization Needs a Focus on Fathers

Why the New Evangelization Needs a Focus on Fathers by Steve Wood The New Evangelization may be a disappointment when it comes to evangelizing families if it neglects a focus on fathers. The call for a New Evangelization is a desperately needed initiative especially...
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Lessons for Dads from Secondhand Lions

Lessons for Dads from Secondhand Lions by Steve Wood This article on Secondhand Lions is a reflection on a fascinating film for fathers, grandfathers, and uncles. Secondhand Lions features Walter, a shy and awkward boy being raised by an irresponsible single mom with...
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Go to Joseph: Six Reflections on St. Joseph

Go to Joseph: Six Reflections on St. Joseph By Fr. Francis Peffley J Joseph the Just Man John Paul II in his apostolic exhortation “The Guardian of the Redeemer” calls Joseph the just man. What does that mean? It means that he was a holy man. A righteous man. A man of...
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Navigating Your Family through the Fog

Navigating Your Family through the Fog by Steve Wood By mid-January most economists, political forecasters, social scientists, and others have made their predictions for the year ahead. Accurate predictions are challenging as Yogi Berra warned, “It’s tough to make...
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Priests and the Importance of Fatherhood

Priests and the Importance of Fatherhood Priests are not just "hosts" to the parish community; they are really fathers and consequently the heads of their parish families. by Dr. Paul Vitz and Fr. Daniel Vitz Many thoughtful people today recognize that the United...
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St. Thomas More: A Father for All Seasons

St. Thomas More: A Father for All Seasons by Steve Wood You and I have only one chance to be a good Catholic father. We have to do it right the first time because the fruits of our fatherhood, for better or worse, will be felt for generations. What could be more...
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Devout Catholic Fathers: Remember More’s Monkey!

Devout Catholic Fathers: Remember More's Monkey! by Steve Wood St. Thomas More considered the priesthood earlier in life, but he knew his vocation was that of a husband and father. Joy, music, and laughter filled More's deeply spiritual household. Thomas More was...
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Saint Thomas More: Patron of Catholic Home Educators

Saint Thomas More: Patron of Catholic Home Educators by Steve Wood The chief purpose of marriage is the procreation and education of children. Too many Catholic dads dump the entire responsibility for teaching their children onto the shoulders of their wives or...
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St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the Worker by Steve Wood In 1955 the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker was created by Pope Pius XII to counter the influence of the communist’s May Day celebrations. Some think that with the fall of the Berlin Wall communism is no longer a threat to free...
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Christian Parenting with Purpose (Part III): Family Time

Christian Parenting with Purpose (Part III): Family Time by Joe Hyland Nearly nine years ago, while working as the clinical director of a treatment facility for at risk adolescents I heard a shocking statistic – the average American father spends only 13 minutes per...
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Christian Parenting with a Purpose (Part II): The Essentials

Christian Parenting with Purpose (Part II): The Essentials by Joe Hyland At times Christian parenting can be messy and difficult, but parenting successfully is possible for those who are committed to doing so with purpose. Those that parent with purpose do it because...
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Handing on the Faith

Handing on the Faith by Mark Shea In our family, we have a tradition. Every evening, my wife and I (sometimes one of us, sometimes both) go into the children's bedrooms, make the sign of the cross on our kids' foreheads and bless them in the name of the Father, the...
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In God We Trust: Making God the Father of Our Finances

In God We Trust: Making God the Father of Our Finances by Steve Wood I was standing at the kitchen sink staring at my backyard agonizing over how the Family Life Center was going to survive financially. In the year after founding St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers we...
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A Forgotten Secret to Raising Catholic Children in a Secular Culture

A Forgotten Secret to Raising Catholic Children in a Secular Culture by Marie Bellet The most powerful agent for raising Catholic children and immunizing ourselves against the anti-family culture that surrounds us is the nightly family dinner. This regular meeting...
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The Sixty-Four Thousand Dollar Question for Catholic Men’s Groups

The Sixty-Four Thousand Dollar Question for Catholic Men’s Groups by Steve Wood Before starting a Catholic men's group, it's important to consider the purpose and goals. How do we go about establishing the goal of a men’s small group? First, we should be more...
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The Power of Imitation: Fathers’ Secret Weapon for Child Training Success

The Power of Imitation: Fathers’ Secret Weapon for Child Training Success by Steve Wood I have a bad habit that I picked up years ago at military school. I was taught to spit shine, not the polite way with polish and water, but the old fashion way with black Kiwi and...
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Christian Parenting with a Purpose: Part I

Christian Parenting with Purpose (Part I) by Joe Hyland I once heard Herm Edwards, the former Kansas City Chiefs head football coach say, “a goal without a plan is a wish.” Christian parenting with purpose means that we actively develop a specific plan to reach the...
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Parental Supervision for Teens

Parental Supervision for Teens by Steve Wood Successfully fathering children through the transition from childhood to adulthood has never been easy. Fathers of teens in the decade ahead face the most challenging fathering task in human history. We are living through...
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How to Keep your Kids Catholic

How to Keep Your Kids Catholic by Jim Burnham When my three-year-old son makes the sign of the cross and sweetly tells Jesus how much he loves Him, I am so proud. When that same son screams in anger and frustration, I am ashamed. He learned to do both by imitating me....
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