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Celebrate Father's Day at home with a Catholic ceremony, send a Father's Day e-card from Catholic Greetings, or read inspirational stories about finding God and the spirituality surrounding fatherhood.

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101 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for One-in-a-Million Dads, and Grandpas Too

by Mary Carty
Along with graduations and weddings, June also brings the annual celebration of Father’s Day in many countries as a day set aside to honor and pay special tribute to dads.
 
A Father’s Day Celebration for Your Home
by Rock Travnikar, O.F.M.
Honor Dad on Father’s Day with prayers and Scripture readings.
 
Lego Pain
In the Servant Book
Love in the Little Things: Tales of Family Life , author Mike Aquilina describes a moment with his daughter that helped him connect with his heavenly father.
 
Fathers’ Prayers for Patience, Children’s Well-Being
A father's relationship with his children encompasses a variety of concerns. In this excerpt from
Prayers for Catholic Men (Servant Books), author Mike Pacer offers two prayers for fathers.
 
Each Father’s Role in Salvation Story
Fathers know that their presence in their children's lives is crucial for their growth and development. In
God, Help Me: How to Grow in Prayer (Servant Books), Jim Beckman demonstrates how prayer is not just about self, but connects to the larger story of meaning and purpose.
 
How Men Find God
by Rick Gaillardetz
What makes men tick? A father of four and theologian takes a look at how men’s relationships shape their spirituality.
 
Seven Promises for Catholic Men
by Richard Rohr, O.F.M. and Joseph Martos
Catholic men live out faith through their relationship with Jesus and other men, their roles in their personal and professional lives, and their concern for all humanity.


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Philip Neri: Philip Neri was a sign of contradiction, combining popularity with piety against the background of a corrupt Rome and a disinterested clergy, the whole post-Renaissance malaise. 
<p>At an early age, he abandoned the chance to become a businessman, moved to Rome from Florence and devoted his life and individuality to God. After three years of philosophy and theology studies, he gave up any thought of ordination. The next 13 years were spent in a vocation unusual at the time—that of a layperson actively engaged in prayer and the apostolate. </p><p>As the Council of Trent (1545-63) was reforming the Church on a doctrinal level, Philip’s appealing personality was winning him friends from all levels of society, from beggars to cardinals. He rapidly gathered around himself a group of laypersons won over by his audacious spirituality. Initially they met as an informal prayer and discussion group, and also served poor people in Rome. </p><p>At the urging of his confessor, he was ordained a priest and soon became an outstanding confessor, gifted with the knack of piercing the pretenses and illusions of others, though always in a charitable manner and often with a joke. He arranged talks, discussions and prayers for his penitents in a room above the church. He sometimes led “excursions” to other churches, often with music and a picnic on the way. </p><p>Some of his followers became priests and lived together in community. This was the beginning of the Oratory, the religious institute he founded. A feature of their life was a daily afternoon service of four informal talks, with vernacular hymns and prayers. Giovanni Palestrina was one of Philip’s followers, and composed music for the services. </p><p>The Oratory was finally approved after suffering through a period of accusations of being an assembly of heretics, where laypersons preached and sang vernacular hymns! (Cardinal Newman founded the first English-speaking house of the Oratory three centuries later.) </p><p>Philip’s advice was sought by many of the prominent figures of his day. He is one of the influential figures of the Counter-Reformation, mainly for converting to personal holiness many of the influential people within the Church itself. His characteristic virtues were humility and gaiety.</p> American Catholic Blog When we suffer, we don’t just come to understand the pain of Christ’s cross more, we come to understand the depth of God’s love for us: that he would endure such pain for us—in our place. We have a God who endured death so we would never have to do so.

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