Archive for the ‘Family’ category

Reading material for young athletes

December 26, 2013
Fr James V. Schall SJ

Fr James V. Schall SJ

When the highly esteemed Jesuit scholar and commentator on modern culture, Fr James V. Schall SJ, writes a positive review of a book by a professional athlete, I sit up and pay attention.  Earlier this month, Fr Schall wrote such a review on The Catholic Thing website.  His subject was John Stockton, former point guard for the NBA’s Utah Jazz, an NBA hall-of-famer, and a Gonzaga alumnus.  John recounts his life for us in Assisted: An Autobiography, which was published two months ago.  You can read Fr Schall’s article here.


Priests and fathers

August 19, 2012

Check out this thought-provoking article in which Dr Scott Hahn compares the responsibilities of priests to those of fathers.

Why homosexuals cannot have a marriage

August 12, 2012

I shouldn’t have bothered to read this article, because I always come away frustrated when the basic, foundational reason for why a homosexual relationship can never attain the status of a marriage is not presented.  To wit:

We are created in God’s image and likeness.  Marriage is meant to be a reflection to the world of the communio of the one true Trinitarian God.  What is it that generates that communio?  Bd Pope John Paul II taught us in his General Audience on 29-July-1998:

The Father begets the Son by loving him; the Son is begotten by the Father, letting himself be loved and receiving from him the capacity to love; the Holy Spirit is love given in total gratuitousness by the Father, received with full gratitude by the Son, and returned by him to the Father.

Married love is meant to be a reflection to the world of the mutual self-giving love between the Father and Jesus.  Married love is also meant to be a reflection to the world of the love that God has for his people.

We are called to image the Trinity.  Divine love has four primary characteristics:

  • free
  • total
  • faithful
  • fruitful

Authentic self-giving love is always:

  • freely given – completely voluntary
  • given in totality – holds nothing back
  • absolutely faithful – as God is to his covenant with us
  • open to fruitfulness – always open to new life

[If one understands it in any other way, then our own redemption by Jesus would just be some kind of fantasy, because that’s the only kind of love that could have effected God’s saving plan.]

Obviously, homosexual acts can never be fruitful; they can never generate new life.  Thus, they can never fully image the Trinity.  That alone disqualifies homosexual relationships from being considered as a ‘marriage’.

No need to go any further.

(Of course, if people don’t believe in a Trinitarian God, they won’t buy any of this.  But then they have a much bigger problem:  their culpable lack of faith!)

St Joseph

December 26, 2010

Msgr Charles Pope features an article on St Joseph for today’s Feast of the Holy Family.


December 24, 2010

arrives for me.

For fathers

July 17, 2010

Over at the Ignatian Spirituality blog, Tim shares some lessons he’s learning as he spends more time than usual with his girls.


July 4, 2010

URGENT:  Tomorrow – July 5th – is the last day to register

for the

Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship

Father & Son “Be a Man” Day

DATE:              Saturday, July 10th

LOCATION:   Camp St Andrew, Tunkhannock

TIME:              9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


9:00   a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
       Registration, Orientation, Confession, Coffee & Donuts

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
       Saturday Mass
       Homily:  Masculine Spirituality (Fr. Brian Van Fossen)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

12:00 noon -12:30 p.m.
       Talk on Masculine Spirituality (Fr. Brian Van Fossen)      

12:30 p.m.  –  3:00 p.m.
              Volleyball, Bocci ball, Fishing (License Required),
                 Swimming, Orienteering, etc.

3:00 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.
       Chaplet of Divine Mercy
       Closing and Dismissal

casual, comfortable clothing; swim gear; towel;
              sneakers; hiking boots; compass.

For Directions go to Google Maps and type in “camp st andrew”

For more information on Camp St Andrew go to and click on Camp St. Andrew

Pre-Register by July 5th by calling:  570-288-9998

Cost:  $25 per person (over 18 yrs. old)
             $10 (12 – 18 yrs old) Must be accompanied by adult
             Maximum $50 per family