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Man to Man, Dad to Dad: Catholic Faith and Fatherhood

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The value of fatherhood in contemporary society is more uncertain than ever before. This collection of faith-filled reflections by 14 Catholic men affirms the value of a Catholic father’s identity and purpose in the context of modern society. Acknowledging the constant struggle to strike a balance between family life and work life, this volume provides fathers with a realistic approach to making their relationships with God, their wives, and their children more involved and fulfilling.

Blending personal anecdotes from Catholic fathers, biblical teaching, and allusions to Church doctrine and figures of authority, this guidebook helps Catholic dads find the path to living as faithful family men.

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  • Presents anecdotes from contributors with a variety of perspectives
  • Adopts a conversational tone, addressing many different issues related to fatherhood
  • Includes a foreword by Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan
  • Foreword by Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan
  • Introduction: Dads in Deed by Brian Caulfield
  • The Prodigal Son Meets the Forgiving Father by Mike Aquilina
  • St. Joseph: A Man's Man by Rick Sarkisian
  • Balancing Work and Home Life: Insights from the Experts by Brian Caulfield
  • Five Steps for Disciplining Kids by Ray Guarendi
  • Good Sports for Kids by Gerald Korson
  • A Father's Vital Presence by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
  • The Best Sex You Will Ever Have by Jonathan Doyle
  • Theology of the Body for Fathers by Damon C. Owens
  • Millennials, Morality, and New Evangelization by Jason Godin
  • Superdad: More Than an Action Figure by Bill Donaghy
  • You Can Keep Your Kids Catholic by Patrick Madrid
  • Repairing a Broken Marriage by Peter Kleponis
  • Breaking the Chains of Porn by Mark Houck
  • Conclusion: Three Simple Steps by Brian Caulfield

Top Highlights

“We men may wonder if our paternal role is valued at all in the law or the culture. Some” (Page 2)

“In our own ways, you and I do, too; and when we do, we ache for forgiveness, understanding—the compassion of the father in the parable. And we feel the pain when someone denies us forgiveness. Imagine how our children, who are dependent on us for so much, feel when we withhold forgiveness and make them feel smaller than they are.” (Page 10)

“Forgiveness is a beginning. We can defer our trust for many years, but we must not delay forgiveness or put conditions on it.” (Page 10)

“in a Christian perspective, suffering is not meaningless and can transform us for the better.” (Page 16)

“Because we were created for love, we can only find happiness in loving and being loved” (Page 15)

I highly recommend this faith-filled, insightful, and practical book of essays to inspire fathers to embrace their holy vocation, so essential for the new evangelization of our culture.

—Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, bishop, Fort Wayne-South Bend; chair, USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth

Our world needs a renewal of fatherhood. This book will help you become the best version of yourself as a father! I hope it inspires you the way it has inspired me.

—Matthew Kelly, founder, Dynamic Catholic Institute

This is a book for every Catholic man, especially husbands and fathers. Clear, practical, and profound, each and every chapter is sure to inspire, challenge, equip, and empower. Highly recommended.

Scott Hahn, professor of Scripture and theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

We live in a culture that does little to uphold or promote authentic masculinity. Brian Caulfield has done Christian men a great service in compiling the wisdom of virtuous fathers who have forgone the advice of the world and have chosen holiness instead.

—Matt Fradd, Catholic apologist and speaker; creator, The Man Talk DVD

This is a book that is filled with profound insights and advice from some of the best men and dads. They speak from their own experiences as the men of faith they are. I encourage you to read this book and become the man and dad that God created you to be!

—Fr. Larry Richards, founder and president, The Reason For Our Hope Foundation

Man to Man, Dad to Dad should find a place in every Catholic home. Here is frank and honest advice about everything—from discipline to religious upbringing to even, yes, sex—all presented with clarity and charity, from some of the most engaging and thoughtful Catholic fathers writing today. Seek it out, read it, and then share it with a Dad you know!

—Deacon Greg Kandra, executive editor, ONE Magazine

Both a challenge and a hope, this book throws down the gauntlet, challenging all Catholic men looking to be better husbands and fathers.

—Sean McCarney, host, Just A Catholic Dad podcast

  • Title: Man to Man, Dad to Dad: Catholic Faith and Fatherhood
  • Editor: Brian Caulfield
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 119

Brian Caulfield is the editor of the website Fathers for Good, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, and is a communications specialist in the Office of the Supreme Knight in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also vice postulator of the Cause for Canonization of the Venerable Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus. Brian is a veteran journalist and reporter currently responsible for the weekly “Catholic Men” column for the Catholic News Agency’s website.


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