On today’s show, we discuss fatherhood from a Catholic perspective and how to build a habit of family prayer. Our special guest today is Andy Wegrzyn.
Andy has a deep affection for beards and Lord of the Rings. So we may just touch upon those subjects while we are at it.
Saint quotes of the week
1) When, in union with the Apostle, we bow our knees before the Father from whom all fatherhood and motherhood is named (cf. Eph 3:14-15), we come to realize that parenthood is the event whereby the family, already constituted by the conjugal covenant of marriage, is brought about “in the full and specific sense”. Motherhood necessarily implies fatherhood, and in turn, fatherhood necessarily implies motherhood. This is the result of the duality bestowed by the Creator upon human beings “from the beginning”. – St. John Paul II (Gratissimam Sane/Letter to Families) for the Year of the Family in 1994
2) ‘Warn my children to avoid the precipices of pride and haughtiness, and to walk in the pleasant meadows of modesty; not to be dazzled by the sight of gold; not to lament that they do not possess what they erroneously admire in others; not to think more of themselves for gaudy trappings, nor less for the want of them; neither to deform the beauty that nature has given them by neglect, nor to try to heighten it by artifice; to put virtue in the first place, learning in the second; and in their studies to esteem most whatever may teach them piety towards God, charity to all, and Christian humility in themselves’. ‘By such means’, continues More, ‘they will receive from God the reward of an innocent life, and in the assured expectation of it will view death without dread, and meanwhile possessing solid joy will neither be puffed up by the empty praise of men, nor dejected by evil tongues’. ‘These’, he says, ‘I consider the real and genuine fruits of learning, and I would maintain that those who give themselves to study with such intent will easily attain their end and become perfect’. – St. Thomas More
Recommended reading or listening
Twelve tips for praying the family Rosary daily – blog post by Taylor Marshall
Challenge of the week
Build a prayer altar as a focal point for family prayer. Use it as a gathering place to get the kids together to pray each night before bed. Here are some pictures of Dan’s family altar if you want some ideas. The drawers underneath contain various prayer cards, rosaries, scapulars, and other religious items. The kids could grab their rosaries from the prayer altar before starting the family prayer each night.
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As an aside, here is something completely random and fun concerning the topic of beards. For those interested in hosting a bible study on beards, here is an excerpt with scripture passages from the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary:
Regulations concerning specific types of beard trim (Lev. 19:27; 21:5) imply that beards were typical for some men in some time periods (cf. 13:29–30; 14:9). David (1 Sam. 21:13), Mephibosheth (2 Sam. 19:24), Amasa (2 Sam. 20:9), and Ezra (Ezra 9:3) are specifically depicted as bearded. The lack of a full beard could be cause for embarrassment (2 Sam. 10:4–5; cf. Isa. 7:20; 15:2; Jer. 48:37), though beardlessness was sometimes a sign of mourning (Jer. 41:5). Beards, like hair, could be treated with oil, and oil running down the beard of Aaron is presented poetically as a paradigmatic symbol of goodness and pleasantness (Ps. 133:1–2). Plucking out the hairs of a beard was a form of torture (Isa. 50:6), but taking a person by the beard was apparently a show of affection (2 Sam. 20:9—though, in this case, the show of affection is duplicitous).
Brettler, M. Z., & Powell, M. A. (2011). beards. In M. A. Powell (Ed.), The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated) (Third Edition., p. 85). New York: HarperCollins.
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