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4 Ways the Family Table Resembles the Lord’s Table

“We thank thee, Lord, for happy hearts, for rain and sunny weather. We thank thee, Lord, for this our food and that we are together. Amen.” One evening last year, my 5 year old daughter came to our family table and said, “I want to pray before dinner tonight, Daddy! I learned this new prayer…

Receiving Grace: A Father’s First Calling

What is the first calling in a father’s life? What is the most difficult calling in a father’s life? I don’t presume a definitive, authoritative answer here, so instead I’ll offer a personal response based on my experience. My answer is the same for both questions– receiving grace. Before I can love my wife after…

Fatherhood Fridays: Always Beginning Again

The word ‘father’ has always carried a double meaning for me. At church, many people call me Father Jack. At home, my children call me Daddy. I was ordained a priest only two years before our first child was born, so learning how to be a priest and a father to my children converged around…