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Prayers for Father’s Day

Most gracious Heavenly Father,

We thank you for our earthly fathers, those to whom you have entrusted the responsibility to provide loving protection of their families and guidance of their children. We thank you, also, for our priests and bishops, whose spiritual fatherhood is so vital to the faith of your people.

May our earthly fathers imitate the manly courage of Abraham, Jesse and Joseph, and all the holy fathers of the past in providing wise counsel to the children you have given to their care. And may our spiritual fathers be guided by the examples of Saints Peter and Paul, all the Apostles and their saintly successors. Give them valiant faith in the face of confusion and conflict, hope in time of trouble and sorrow, and steadfast love for you, for their families, and for all your people throughout the world.

Assist all fathers of families, all spiritual fathers, and all Christian men, that through your Grace they may steadily grow in holiness and in knowledge and understanding of your Truth. May they generously impart this knowledge to those who rely on them.

As you, our Heavenly Father, so loved the world, sending your only Son to be our Savior and Redeemer, we ask you to help all men to imitate His fatherly gentleness and mercy toward those who are weak; His humility, perfect obedience to your Will, and fearless witness to your Truth. May their lives be examples to all of heroic faithfulness to you.

We ask your blessing on all those to whom you have entrusted fatherhood. May your Holy Spirit constantly inspire them with justice and mercy, wisdom and strength, fidelity and self-giving love. May they receive your Grace abundantly in this earthly life, and may they look forward to eternal joy in your presence in the life to come.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son and Our Lord, AMEN.

God our Father,

we give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.

We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation;
may they find courage and perseverance
to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for fathers around the world
whose children are lost or suffering;
may they know that the God of compassion
walks with them in their sorrow.

We pray for men who are not fathers
but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.

We remember fathers, grandfather, and great grandfathers
who are no longer with us
but who live forever in our memory
and nourish us with their love. Amen

9 comments
John
John

From Catholic Answers:

TAN books has published "problematic materials like "Liturgical Shipwreck," "In the Murky Waters of Vatican II," and "AA-1025." Which openly question if not condemn Vatican II, as well as insinuate that Pope John XXIII was a communist."

Most Roman Catholics are not aware that TAN Books is a Traditionalist publisher, and not a Roman Catholic publisher. Tradtionalists are not part of the Roman Catholic Church, and reject its teaching authority. They do not (for the most part) follow the teachings of the Pope or the Vatican. They have their own separate church, their own bishops, and their own very demanding teachings, which can seem extremely harsh and intimidating to ordinary Roman Catholics.

I know plenty of Traditionalists, and own (sad to say) dozens of their TAN Books on Hell, damnation, and endless rules and regulations on how to avoid Hell. Traditionalism seems to be a fear religion. Hell is often the major selling point.

Pope John Paul II called Traditionalists “Integrationalists,” because of their endless strictures, regulations, and rules integrated into every tiny aspect of their lives, to stop them from “accidentally” falling into Hell. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger called them “God’s Doomsayers,” because of the endless, heretical harping of Traditionalists that “very few are saved.”

I'm not trying to be offensive. Just exact. Traditionalism is a very different religion than Roman Catholicism. It's good for Roman Catholics to be aware of these differences. The Traditionalists I know do not like it when regular Catholics find out that they deny the teaching authority of the Pope. Traditionalists are often content to let regular Catholics assume that they are just like them - only much stricter. TAN Books claim to be Catholic, but they are not. It is a different viewpoint, promoted by a different Church.

George Blink
George Blink

Something Catholics should watch out for is bad Catholic reading material. There is plenty of it. TAN Books is a particularly nasty "Catholic" publisher. Their books have cruel, harsh, strict teachings in them, all cloaked in the language of love.

It is hard to pick up a Catholic book and find truly balance reading material, because many "Catholic" books are published by people with bizarre theology. Many of them come from fundamentalist Catholics, like the ones who make TAN books - "Traditionalist Catholics," they call themselves. These people disagree with Vatican II. They have their own church, their own bishops, they think that the pope is a fake, and they have they meanest, most abusive rules and strictures that I have ever seen. Their books and publications are genuinely terrifying. Traditionalist Catholics (like Mel Gibson) believe dogmatically that virtually EVERYONE is going to hell, very few are saved, one must do enormous penaces and massive charity work to get to Heaven, there is almost no hope, virtually everything (including sports) is a sin, etc. These beliefs are extremely damaging to a person's sense of self and conscience. If you find yourself believing that most things is life are sinful, that most people are going to Hell, and so on, you may have been reading "tradtionalist" material. It is hard to tell which books are tradtionalist at first, until you see their theology. Even things such as the Baltimore Catechism can be scary, and spiritual advisors often tell people who are overly afraid of sin to stop reading them.

Catholics talk often about sin, and fear of sin. What is often not mentioned is the terrifying guilt and fear caused by "Catholic" books that appear Catholic, but really are not. There should be more awareness of these matters. A good website to look at is "Scrupulous Anonymous, for Catholics who have been damaged with an excessive fear of sin.

Caterina
Caterina

Who is the patron saint of hypocondia?

Fran
Fran

Your experience with the snake is proof that St. Patrick takes care of his own. If parents only knew the future dangers their children would face, who knows what they might name them!

jh
jh

Great post

Ian
Ian

I would add that In the Murky Waters of Vatican II is not published by TAN.

Ian
Ian

Openly questioning the motives and results of a non-dogmatic council doesn't make someone non-Catholic and describing the disaster in the liturgical life of the Church following the Council doesn't either.

Can you provide proof that TAN rejects the teaching authority of the Pope and that the owners follow non-Catholic bishops?

The teachings on Hell are still the teachings of the Church. Just because they are rarely emphasized - to the detriment of the salvation of Catholics - doesn't mean that they aren't Catholic.

Ian
Ian

@George: Do you have any proof for what you are saying? Can you provide some documentation that the staff of TAN are sedavacantists who have set up their own church? I have met some of the staff personally and don't believe that anything you have accused them of is actually true. I would also be interested in any proof you have that TAN books contain "bizarre theology" or that spiritual directors tell people to stop reading the Baltimore Catechism.

You seem to have a bone to pick with the difficult parts of Church teaching, like Christ's statements about the eyes of needles and the narrow path. Hell is real. Sin is real. The saints of the Church, including St. Paul, have long emphasized that sin and hell are things to be feared and that getting to heaven is not easy.

I would direct you to the "bizarre theology" of the current Catechism found in sections 386-409 (sin), part III, Article 8 on sin and 1036 on how few reach heaven.

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