Adam was given the task of naming all the animals in the garden. As amazing as they all were, none complimented his body or had his intellect. Adam longed for compatibility and relationship so God made a suitable partner for Adam from his very own body. When Adam looked at the gift of Eve, provided by the Father, he exclaimed “At last, here is one of my own kind, bone taken from my bone, and flesh taken my flesh” (Gen 2:23).


A True Leader


We learn good and bad behaviors from our families of origin. As adults we must analyze what was healthy in our parent's relationship and what was destructive. Removing the destructive tendencies from our lives can take years of hard work, prayer and frequent reception of the sacraments to rid ourselves from the same behavior. A destructive behavior that many young men must identify and remove is one of control. They mistakenly perceive being the head of the family as a position of ruling over wife and family, expecting obedience and service. They think control through force, manipulation, threats, coercion and anger are the methods to be used to achieve this end. This makes for a very unhappy home.  


Obedient Love


"Be it done unto me according to thy word" (Lk.1:38). "Not my will Father but your will be done" (Lk.22:42). Those are two of the most important phrases in the entire Bible. Blessed Mother was willing to accept the will of God, regardless of the consequences and uncertainty of her future as an unmarried, pregnant teenager. Jesus, the Son of God, accepted His horrific agony and sacrificial death to be obedient and please His Heavenly Father. Obedient trust in the will of the Father was not easy for them and is not easy for married couples who endure difficult times in their marriages. Obedient love of the Father is what every sacramentally married Catholic is called to do. Catholic marriage is a binding, life-long, exclusive, fruitful relationship that is always centered in Christ but most importantly when times are difficult.




St Paul likens his ministry to the love of fathers for their children when he says, "We encouraged you, we comforted you, and we kept urging you to live the kind of life that pleases God, who calls you to share in His own Kingdom and glory" (1Thes 2:12). Fathers have a huge role to play in their children's lives and God the Father gives them the grace to fulfill this role through the sacraments. Fathers take their fatherhood from God the Father and through their very lives of love and sacrifice, train their children to know, love and serve God. Fathers provide and protect their family and like St Paul's example, encourage, comfort and urge their children to do what is right in the sight of God through obedience to the commandments and to the Church Christ founded on the Apostles.