Being that it’s Father’s Day weekend I wanted to post this great video called The Dad Life.  I think it is a great video put out by a church to show that to be a Dad has responsibilities…it is a vocation with important implications on society.  Most parents will get a great laugh out of watching this but also it is a great teaching tool.  If you have a few minutes check it out. I couldn’t figure out how to embed it into my post this time so I’ve given the link above.

I also found this great video:

In Familiaris Consortio, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, the Holy Father spoke about “Men as husbands and fathers”: 

“Within the conjugal and family communion-community, the man is called upon to live his gift and role as husband and father…In his wife, he sees the fulfillment of God’s intention: ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him,’ and he makes his own the cry of Adam, the first husband: ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh!’ ”  “Authentic conjugal love presupposes and requires that a man have a profound respect for the equal dignity of his wife: ‘You are not her master,’ writes St. Ambrose, ‘but her husband; she was not given to you to be your slave, but your wife….Reciprocate her attentiveness to you and be grateful to her for her love.’ With his wife, a man should live a ‘very special form of personal friendship.’ As for the Christian, he is called upon to develop a new attitude of love, manifesting towards his wife a charity that is both gentle and strong like that which Christ has for the Church.”

Pius XII addressed a pilgrimage of fathers, entitled Un pelerinage de peres (September 18, 1951), in which he says that

“if the mother is the heart, the father is the head of the family, and consequently its health and efficiency depend on the vigor, the virtues and the activity of the father…It is clear that your first duty in the sanctuary of the family home is to provide–with due respect and the perfection, humanly possible, of its integrity, of its unity, of the natural hierarchy which unites the members among themselves–for the preservation of the physical, intellectual, moral and religious sanctity of the family. Evidently, this obligation includes that of defending and promoting its sacred duties; in the first place that of fulfilling the obligations due to God, to constitute a Christian society in the full sense of the word; secondly to defend the rights of the family against all attacks or external influences which could attack its purity, faith, and holy stability.”

That last sentence is so important for me as a father to remember that it is my responsibility to defend against external influences which could attack the purity, faith and holy stability of my family.  Fathers need to reflect on this more.  I know I will.

Happy Father’s Day!