“The fundamental objective of the formation of the lay faithful is an ever-clearer discovery of one’s vocation and the ever-greater willingness to live it so as to fulfill one’s mission… The lay faithful, in fact, ‘are called by God so that they, led by the spirit of the Gospel, might contribute to the sanctification of the world, as from within like leaven, by fulfilling their own particular duties. Thus, especially in this way of life, resplendent in faith, hope and charity they manifest Christ to others.'”
From “Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life” by Tom Peterson
Quote from St. Pope John Paul II – excerpted from “CHRISTIFIDELIS LAICI: On the vocation and the mission of the lay faithful in the church and in the world”
(Section 15) December 30, 1988
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PARENTING and FAMILY BOOK LIST:
“Joseph’s Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness –
Prayer of Faith: 80 Days to Unlocking Your Power As a Father”
Author: Devin Schadt
Society goes by way of the family and the family goes by way of the father. If you want to change the world, change the human father. Joseph’s Way: Prayer of Faith is the first release of a two volume series which transmits the biblical vision of fatherhood, its necessity, its glory, and its irreplaceable effect on families and society. Joseph’s Way is a tough, bold, game-changing challenge to men of our age to pursue fatherly greatness. By comparing St. Joseph -Light of Patriarchs -with the great patriarchs of old-Abraham and Jacob –Joseph’s Way provides fathers with invaluable practical tools and profound spiritual insights to help them become the great father that God has created them to be.
In “Joseph’s Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness – Prayer of Faith: 80 Days to Unlocking Your Power As a Father” you will learn:
• The three foundational characteristics of a great father
• How to unlock the hidden power that all fathers possess • How crises are essential in the making of a man, and how to overcome them • St. Joseph’s secret weapons of effective fatherhood
To learn more about this powerful book, please visit: www.JosephsWaybook.com
Devin Schadt is a husband, father, author and speaker who transmits the message of the glory, necessity, and power of fatherhood. Devin is the cofounder of the Fathers of St. Joseph, an apostolate that works for the renewal of authentic fatherhood. Devin lives in the Midwest with his wife and five children.
Praise for Joseph’s Way:
“Devin Schadt’s Joseph’s Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness is distinctively unique, bold, and most timely for the man of today. This is no call for a Ward Cleaver or an Archie Bunker stereotype, rather, it is a poignant and pertinent challenge to men to be REAL men, i.e., men of HONOR and men of FAITH, especially when it involves the gift of FATHERHOOD. It is an inspired look into the patriarchal blueprint which gives us a glimpse into the mystery of Divine Paternity. God the Son came to reveal to us the love of God the Father and through God the Holy Spirit we are reborn as adopted children of God. Joseph’s Way will become a classic but it will also help many men realize their sacred vocation to become great and holy fathers to their children. Assisted by their beloved spouses, fatherly greatness is no longer the purview of a few nor the possibility of some. Every man, especially every husband and every dad would appreciate and benefit from this book.” – Rev. Fr. John Trigilio, Jr., PhD, ThD, President, Confraternity of Catholic Clergy author, Catholicism for Dummies Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church “There is a distinct voice in Devin Schadt’s Joseph’s Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness. It is a voice reminiscent of Thomas À Kempis. An ageless voice echoing a wisdom outside of time directed to the men of our time. This is not a soft summons to fatherly niceness. Nor is it a pleasant call to fatherly goodness. It is instead a tough, bold, game changing challenge to the men of our age to pursue fatherly greatness. It is an inspired decoding of a patriarchal plan reflecting nothing less than the Divine Paternity in the life of His Son’s earthly father. It is utterly, inexpressibly, authentically transcendent. Joseph’s Way is destined to be a spiritual masterpiece.” – Brian Gail, best-selling Catholic author, Fatherless
“Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters – 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know”
Author: Meg Meeker
Directly challenging the feminist attack on traditional masculinity, Dr. Meeker demonstrates that the most important factor for girls growing up into confident, well-adjusted women is a strong father with conservative values. To have one, she shows, is the best protection against eating disorders, failure in school, STD’s, unwed pregnancy, and drug or alcohol abuse-and the best predictor of academic achievement, successful marriage, and a satisfying emotional life.
“A touching, illuminating book that will prove valuable to all of us who are fortunate enough to have been blessed with daughters.”
“Strong Mothers, Strong Sons – Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men”
Author: Meg Meeker
Meg Meeker, M.D., acclaimed author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, now turns to an equally powerful relationship in the family: the one between mother and son.
From the moment a mother holds her newborn son, his eyes tell her that she is his world. But often, as he grows up, the boy who needs her simultaneously pushes her away. Calling upon thirty years of experience as a pediatrician, Meg Meeker, M.D., a highly sought after national speaker, assistant professor of clinical medicine, and mother of four, shares the secrets that every mother needs to know in order to strengthen—or rebuild—her relationship with her son.
Boys today face unique challenges and pressures, and the burden on mothers to guide their boys through them can feel overwhelming. This empowering book offers a road map to help mothers find the strength and confidence to raise extraordinary sons by providing encouragement, education, and practical advice about
• the need for mothers to exercise courage and be bolder and more confident about advising and directing their boys
• the crucial role mothers play in expressing love to sons in healthy ways so they learn to respect and appreciate women as they grow up
• the importance of teaching sons about the values of hard work, community service, and a well-developed inner life
• the natural traps mothers of boys often fall into—and how to avoid them
• the need for a mother to heal her own wounds with the men in her life so she can raise her son without baggage and limitations
• the best ways to survive the moments when the going gets tough and a mom’s natural ways of communicating—talking, analyzing, exploring—only fuel the fire
When a mother holds her baby boy for the first time, she also instinctively knows something else: If she does her job right and raises her son with self-esteem, support, and wisdom, he will become the man she knows he was meant to be.
Meg Meeker, M.D., is the author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters; Boys Should Be Boys; and The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers. She has been a physician practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine, working with children and their parents, for more than thirty years. Dr. Meeker is the mother of four children and lives and works with her husband in northern Michigan.
“Parenting on Purpose – 7 Ways to Raise Terrific Christian Kids”
Author: Jason Free
Raising terrific, happy Christian kids doesn’t happen by accident. All too often Christian parents end up raising their kids by default. It just happens while we’re busy trying to survive. We want our kids to be happy and to be good, responsible Christians, “in the world but not of it.” But we don’t know how to help them get there.
In Parenting on Purpose, Jason Free provides you with all you need to develop a personal plan for leading your kids to a clear awareness of their Christian identity, so that Christian values, beliefs and attitudes will become as natural to them as breathing.
This is no dry, philosophical treatise about parenting. It’s a “how-to” book, a straightforward, conversational, “in-your-face” sharing of specific ways to bring joy to your family and raise your children as real Christians. Often funny, sometimes sad, and always engaging, Parenting on Purpose will give you a whole new sense of direction as a parent and help you guide your children to a lasting and fulfilling relationship with God.
“A fantastic book! -a highly readable and practical guidebook on how to raise great Christian kids-on purpose! I highly recommend it!”
– Fr. Larry Richards, author, Be a Man!
“A truly delightful read, this book offers prayerful insights and practical steps to becoming great Christian parents with terrific Christian children. As a priest, I highly recommend this book both to those who are preparing for marriage and those who are already married. ”
–Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, author of No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy”
This is a fabulous book. If you have children – read it! If you don’t have children yet – read it in preparation.”
– Matthew Kelly, New York Times best-selling author of The Rhythm of Life and Building Better Families
“Parenting on Purpose belongs on every Christian parent’s bookshelf. Culling from his own fathering experiences, Jason Free combines practical tips, theological truths, and good ole’ common sense to give readers a sense of direction and a sense of confidence about their parenting skills. His candor, wit, and wisdom make this an engaging read even as he challenges parents to ‘roll up their sleeves,’ take stock, and take action. The bottom line – buy it!”
– Johnnette Benkovic, EWTN Host, Women of Grace
“The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers – Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose and Sanity”
Author: Meg Meeker
The pressure on women today has pushed many American mothers to the breaking point. It feels as if “doing your best” is never enough to please everyone, and the demands mothers place on themselves are both impossible and unrealistic. Now Meg Meeker, M.D., critically acclaimed author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, puts her twenty-five years’ experience as a practicing pediatrician and counselor into a sound, sane approach to reshaping the frustrating, exhausting lives of so many moms.
Mothers are expected to do it all: raise superstar kids, look great, make good salaries, volunteer for everything, run errands, keep a perfect house, be the perfect wife. Single mothers often have even more demands-and less support. In this rallying cry for change, Dr. Meeker incorporates clinical data and her own experience raising four children to show why mothers suffer from the rising pressure to excel and the toll it takes on their emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health. Too many mothers are increasingly lonely, anxious, depressed, and unhappy with themselves, refusing to let themselves off the hook. Here, Dr. Meeker has identified the 10 most positive habits of mothers who are healthy, happy, and fulfilled. The key is to embrace a new perspective and create real joy and purpose by utilizing such core habits as
• making friends with those who know the meaning of friendship
• finding out what money can buy (and what it cannot)
• lightening the overload-and doing less more often
• discovering faith and learning how to trust it
• taking some alone time and reviving yourself
Mothers, it’s time to view the unconditional trust that you see in your children’s eyes when they take your hand or find your face in a crowd as a mirror of your own wonder and worth. You are the light that shines in their lives, the beacon that guides them. By implementing the key strategies in Dr. Meeker’s book, you can be happy, hopeful, and a wonderful role model. You can teach your children to be the very best they can be-and isn’t that still the most precious reward of motherhood?
“Extreme Makeover – Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture”
Author: Teresa Tomeo
Popular radio host Teresa Tomeo knows from experience that the self-image of American women is being distorted by pop culture. With its emphasis on youth, physical beauty, and sexuality, the secular media is encouraging women–and girls–to see themselves primarily as sex objects.
A professional TV and radio journalist, Tomeo pulls together the latest research on social behavior and trends in order to demonstrate that women are harming themselves and their chances for true happiness by adopting the thoroughly modern, sexually liberated lifestyle portrayed in magazines and movies. Packed with not only persuasive statistics but also powerful personal testimonies, Extreme Makeover shows that it is not the slogans of the sexual revolution and the women’s liberation movement that free and dignify women, but the beautiful teachings of the Catholic Church.
So what are women steeped in the Hollywood and Cosmo girl version of reality to do? Undergo Tomeo’s Extreme Makeover. With the help of this book, they can shed the toxic messages that objectify and enslave them and embrace the truth about being a beloved daughter of God.
“Writing with vivid energy and insight, Teresa Tomeo has created the best kind of book about faith: rich in content, engaging to read and thoroughly practical in its implications. Tomeo knows the pressures and dishonesties facing women in modern American culture from firsthand experience, and she leads women to Jesus Christ with compelling personal testimonies and uncommon persuasive skill. For any woman who seeks the true foundation of her dignity, this is the book to read–and to share.”
–Most Reverend Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia
“Teresa Tomeo is a passionate and persuasive apologist for the Catholic faith. In Extreme Makeover, she offers an earthy, candid, refreshing rejoinder to conventional feminist wisdom and builds a solid case for the liberating power of Catholic orthodoxy.”
–Colleen Carroll Campbell, TV and radio host, author, The New Faithful
“Extreme Makeover will be one of the most significant books for women in the 21st century. It pulls back the curtain on why every woman feels confused and hurt.”
–Meg Meeker, M.D., Author, The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers
“Be a Man! – Becoming the Man God Created You to Be”
Author: Fr. Larry Richards
Men are rediscovering the importance of the spiritual life. And Father Larry Richards is helping them do it. While some writers apply a one-size-fits-all approach to the Christian life, Father Richards draws on his many years of ministry and his own experience as a man to inspire other men as men.
In Be a Man!, he recounts his struggles to learn true manhood, as well as the inspiring stories of others he has served in his decades as a priest. He tells men how to focus on the right goal, how to live as a beloved son of God, of the need to acknowledge one’s faults and to live according to the Holy Spirit, to be a man of true love and of wisdom, to appreciate properly the differences between men and women, to pursue holiness, and to make a difference in the world. Not preachy but direct, Father Richards challenges men to be strong, without putting on a mask of false strength or machismo. He calls men to admit their weaknesses and limitations, while urging them to find strength in faith and genuine love to overcome their sins and faults.
Although a celibate priest, he minces no words when it comes to the place of sexuality—for the unmarried man as well as for the married man. He shows that true manliness is not opposed to love but thrives on it. Father Richards stresses that a relationship with Christ reveals the meaning of a man’s life and his identity as a man. He inspires men to become the true heroes they long to be—men of authentic courage, compassion and integrity. This is a highly readable book for men by a man who knows how to talk to men about the things that matter most.
Fr. Larry Richards, a popular speaker at men’s conferences around the country, is the pastor of an inner city parish in Erie, PA. He hosts his own daily national radio show on Relevant Radio, and is the founder of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation.
“Father Larry talks straight to men in his own manly style. He pulls no spiritual punches–I don’t think he knows how to! He pokes, pushes, sometimes verbally slaps men into being God’s men, all with an obvious love for them and faith in their ability to persevere to heaven.”
— Dr. Ray Guarendi, radio host and author
“Be a Man is a must-read for all men who are serious about strengthening their relationship with God. This exceptional book speaks clearly and directly, challenging men to live their faith with courage and conviction. Be a Man is a spiritual wake-up call that offers a refreshingly honest presentation of what it means to be a man of God. With a unique blend of humor, passion, and frankness that has become his trademark style, Fr. Larry Richards explores how a Christ-centered male spirituality fosters growth in holiness, and inspires men to become loving servants of their wives, families, and the Church.”
— Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers