Sadly, my initial attempt to get this site started (over a year ago) was not very successful, due to a combination of procrastination and (honestly) some self-intimidation. Since you are reading this, I have overcome both of these issues.

I have over the past year thought about this blog and the critical topics I want to discuss herein almost every day. However, the commitment to put this out into such a public forum has been admittedly awe inspiring. Nevertheless, through continued prayer and encouragement from my wife, I am ready to get this going.

I recently read an article from an unlikely source encouraging Catholics to blog about their faith. In the article, Cardianl Camillo Ruini of Rome speaks directly about blogging about Jesus to the youth. However, the themes of his speech really speak to the motivations I have for opening As parents, it is equally important that we use the tools at our disposal to share the Gospels and their meanings in our family lives. As the primary educators of our children – especially with respect to faith-formation – it is our responsibility to be “showing them the true Jesus.” So many of the Catholic youth (as well as other Christian youth) have a great curiosity and passion for Christ, Christian service and a yearning to understand their faith. I think that the role of fathers, active in their own faith and devotion is a critical part of directing that yearning toward a life in Christ.

The role of fathers in households of faith is so important. I know many fathers in Christian families who play only a small role in the faith formation of their children. Some of them are good friends of mine and are good men, so I don’t intend to demean. However, Americans have developed a dominant tendency toward what I call the “drop off culture.” Parents drop their kids at school, drop them at the soccer field, drop them at CCD, drop them at church and expect others to deal with critical aspects of their formation.

There is no greater role that we have a Christian parents than to introduce our children to Christ, ensure that they understand God’s love for them, that they learn to love God and share Christ’s love with one another. This is a tall task for sure, but it becomes nearly impossible if we as parents – both Dads and Moms – aren’t involved in our own faith and in theirs.

There are many great, faith-filled, Christian people who have reached their state of faith and grace without the benefit of two faithful parents, but statistically speaking, this is far less likely than those who have grow up in a household of faith.

Please join me in the dialog to promote the life of Christ in all of our homes.

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