One of the most memorable teachings I recall from my early adulthood spirituality came from Mother Angelica when she emphasized the duties of a person’s state in life. I vividly remember her saying that daily Mass is a wonderful practice but is not required for all Catholics (I’m paraphrasing from memory) and actually may not be a good practice for a parent who should otherwise be home tending to their family. Fortunately, I have developed my adulthood life around a group of men that share such a philosophy. Daily Mass is just one example of things that may have to be forgone due to duty among many others. The point is to emphasize the priority of the duties of the state in life, mainly that of family leaders, not to diminish the importance of Holy Mass. Actually, our degree of holiness is determined by how well we satisfy the duties of our state in life. According to Jean-Pierre de Caussade in his classic work Abandonment to Divine Providence (p.24), “If the business of becoming holy seems to present insufferable difficulties, it is merely because we have a wrong idea about it. In reality, holiness consists of one thing only: complete loyalty to God’s will. Now everyone can practice this loyalty, whether actively or passively. To be actively loyal means obeying the laws of God and the Church and fulfilling all the duties imposed on us by our way of life.” (my emphasis added)
Personally my state in life is primarily the provider for my family as required by God in Genesis 3:19. I am blessed to be able to practice an occupation that is very fulfilling and a good use of my God-given abilities and at the same time lucrative enough to provide for our relatively large family. It is apparent to me that God has blessed me and my family as such since we have made this a priority in living according to the Bible and the teachings of the Church that emphasize the husband as provider and wife as the bearer of life in the family. Our obedience and adherence to living within our means has continued to bear fruit. As with everything in this life, it is still far from perfect as the job becomes very demanding during the early months of the year.
So it appears I haven’t made a blog entry in over 3 months, and that is the reason. You see, we here at Fix the Family practice what we preach. We urge families, principally parents, to make a priority of the duties of their state in life, which pays off in this life and the next. Remember our degree of holiness depends upon it. So when the family duties of those working in this Apostolate present themselves, our work here has to be put on the side. Unfortunately due to my role in this work as of now, I continue to be the bottleneck for the final presentation of content. Everything we produce has to have my final review and approval before release. So when I am engaged by other duties new content presentation is delayed. Fortunately, we have purposely situated things in such a way that all previously released existing content is always timeless and always available. We are not dependent upon news flashes or current events for the presentation of content. That has been done by design. We present timeless teaching here that can always be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
But that does not mean that we feel we have completed our work. We still feel like we have very much still just begun. So here we are at the beginning of our 6th season of work. Incidentally, the most expedient and visual means of promotion continues to be our Facebook page where I do continue to post and share items that are related to and serve to emphasize the Catholic family philosophy. So please visit there often even if you don’t see new content on the website. You may have noticed a decrease in video content via You Tube last year. That was not intended but occurred due to a related work in the way of a book I am in the process of writing. Its status is that the manuscript is complete and has been through 2 sets of revisions and editing and is awaiting a final review before being presented for publishing. The interference with our video production came in that the book project took longer than expected. But, all in God’s time…
You should see at this time the presentation of a video series on “Masculine and Feminine Genius” as part of a lecture series. We also will be recording a complete series of videos for DVD in studio that will be a revision of our defining series “The Family Matters.” We’re also bringing back the “unplugged” Blog Video Series that is a bit more off-the-cuff of commentary and issues I would have been engaged with each week, often times with social media participants.
So, welcome back everyone. We’re geared up for a fresh season ready to give you some food for thought and guidance for leading and nurturing your families. As always, we encourage you to drop us line with your comments or questions. Please pray for us and share us with your family and friends. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
God bless you+