Man To Man Dad To Dad - Catholic Faith and Fatherhood
What does it mean to be a Catholic man and father today?
The identity and purpose of fathers in contemporary society is more uncertain than ever before. Cultural shifts such as rising rates of divorce and single motherhood, conception through sperm donation and in-vitro fertilization, and the educational and professional advancements of women have confused traditional paternal roles and family unit structures. As a result, a perception has been created whereby fatherhood is undervalued....or altogether unnecessary. But this perception is misguided-especially for Catholic fathers who are vital to supporting the structure of the family unit: the "domestic church."
In this collection of faith-filled reflections by fourteen Catholic men, the value of a Catholic father's identity and purpose is affirmed in the context of modern society. Acknowledging our workaholic tendencies and the constant struggle to strike a balance between family life and work life, fathers are provided with a realistic approach to making their relationships with God, their wives, and children more involved and fulfilling.
Blending personal anecdotes from Catholic fathers, models of fatherhood in Jesus' parables, Scriptural passages, references to other publications, and allusions to Church teachings and figures of authority, this guidebook helps Catholic dads find the path to living as faithful family men through three simple steps: pray, love, confess.
"I highly recommend this faith-filled, insightful, and practical book of essays to inspire fathers to embrace their holy vocation, so essential for the new evangelization of our culture."
Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth
"Our world needs a renewal of fatherhood. This book will help you become the-best-version-of-yourself as a father! I hope it inspires you the way it has inspired me."
Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute, author of more than a dozen books, including The One Thing: Passing Faith onto Children, Building Better Families: A Practical Guide to Raising Amazing Children and Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Purpose and Passion; husband and father of two
"This is a book for every Catholic man, especially husbands and fathers. Clear, practical, and profound, each and every chapter is sure to inspire, challenge, equip, and empower. Highly recommended."
Scott Hahn, professor of Scripture and theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville; author of A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God's Covenant Love in Scripture; husband, father of six, and grandfather of eight
"We live in a culture that does little to uphold or promote authentic masculinity. Brian Caulfield has done Christian men a great service in compiling the wisdom of virtuous fathers who have forgone the advice of the world and have chosen holiness instead."
Matt Fradd, Catholic apologist and speaker; creator of The Man Talk DVD; husband and father of three
"This is a book that is filled with profound insights and advice from some of the best men and dads. They speak from their own experiences as the men of faith they are. I encourage you to read this book and become the man and dad that God created you to be!"
Fr. Larry Richards, founder and president of The Reason For Our Hope Foundation; author of Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be
"Man to Man, Dad to Dad should find a place in every Catholic home. Here is frank and honest advice about everything-from discipline to religious upbringing to even, yes, sex-all presented with clarity and charity, from some of the most engaging and thoughtful Catholic fathers writing today. Seek it out, read it, and then share it with a Dad you know!"
Deacon Greg Kandra, Diocese of Brooklyn; executive editor, ONE Magazine; creator and editor of the popular blog The Deacon's Bench; resides in Forest Hills, New York with his wife Siobhan
'Both a challenge and a hope, this book throws down the gauntlet, challenging all Catholic men looking to be better husbands and fathers."
Sean McCarney, host of Just A Catholic Dad podcast, children's liturgist, Salisbury City Catholic Pastoral Council Communications Officer; resides in the UK with his wife and six-year-old daughter