June 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Sometimes it can seem like the Holy Family consists of two spiritual superstars … and that other guy.
This is quite understandable.
The father of this family, Joseph, was called to a very unusual vocation as the spouse of Mary, who was given the mind-blowing vocation to carry within her womb the Word of God made flesh. God chose Joseph to love, serve, and protect this family, and entrusted Jesus to his fatherhood.
Now, God could have provided in every way for this mother and child without Joseph.
But the Lord wanted to achieve his plan of salvation within the heart of the human family, revealing the essential role of fathers in the physical, emotional and spiritual development of their children. This reveals how blessed are families when a man is present, and committed to working with the Lord to protect, love and serve his family.
We are discovering in our day how children suffer when a father is not present.
4x more likely to be raised in poverty
10x more likely to abuse substances; 70% of adolescent substance abusers come from fatherless homes
11x more likely to commit violence and 20x more likely to be incarcerated.
80% of adolescents in psych hospitals come from fatherless families
9x more likely to drop out of school
I have witnessed in the last 20 years as a professional social worker the way that father wounds from childhood can interact with a young man’s involvement with abortion, creating a toxic synergy that can be both confusing and deeply painful.
As shared in my book about men and abortion, Tears of the Fisherman, boys and young men who experience absent, abusive fathers, or faced the traumatic loss of their father through divorce, are especially vulnerable to strong and complex emotions after participating in the abortion of their child. They can express those powerful emotions in ways that hurt them and their loved ones.
The good news is there is emotional and spiritual healing available that can help men navigate through these turbulent waters. As men progress through abortion healing programs like Rachel’s Vineyard, they discover that while they may have wounds with their earthly fathers, and have seriously sinned against God and their fellow man, they have a Father in Heaven who still loves them unconditionally and passionately as his sons. This is often a life-changing moment of grace that empowers them to continue on the journey to recovery.
As the Rachel’s Vineyard weekend progresses, men are able to restore their fatherly relationship with the aborted child (and repent of their role in that child’s death.)
As they address their abortion loss, men learn on a deep and intimate level how to grieve in a healthy way, within a process immersed in God’s Word. Fathers have the opportunity to invite the Holy Spirit into the dark wounds of their own loss and abuse.
The abortion recovery experience empowers them to begin to let go of the unhealthy ways they used to cope with this pain in the past. They are restored and strengthened as men and fathers. (For those who suffered from a family divorce, Life Giving Wounds is a wonderful outreach that offers education, retreat ministry and support groups.)
Now more than ever: consecration to Saint Joseph
Regardless of your personal history, all men and fathers in these confusing and challenging times, will benefit from a closer relationship with the greatest father in the history of the human family.
"No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." - Matthew 6:24
In the lead-up to their meeting in mid-June, we call on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to exclude Joe Biden and other “Catholic” politicians (like, Nancy Pelosi) from Holy Communion over their public, obstinate, and scandalous promotion of abortion.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the USCCB to act to stop the abuse of the reception of the Holy Eucharist by politicians who promote the murder of innocent pre-born babies.
We know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.
Indeed, Canon Law (Canon 915) declares that those who persist in manifest, grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion.
Beyond that, at this point, public excommunication appears as the only suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of promoting abortion.
In doing so, we do not hold ourselves up as judges over Joe Biden's eternal soul, but we encourage the bishops to make known one of the consequences of public and obstinate support of abortion by our 'Catholic' politicians.
The fact is, in terms of the manifest, grave sin of abortion, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be before the election.
Therefore, it is cold comfort that the USCCB is only preparing to discuss this issue only now.
But even now, if the USCCB publicly excommunicate Biden for his pro-abortion stance (as well as other pro-abortion politicians), the Conference could reclaim some of the moral authority which they lost by their largely silent assent to Biden's candidacy.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, now.
Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing orders and bills which facilitate the destruction of unborn human life.
- In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.
- Biden also signed (instead of vetoing) the COVID relief bill, which, for the first time in 44 years, contained funding for abortions in America, using taxpayer dollars.
- Biden said that he wouldn't defend Hyde, and he hasn't.
And, if he and the Democratic Party get their way, a lot more of the same regarding abortion is on the way.
Strong action must be taken lest anyone, especially young people, be confused by the scandal of a "Catholic" in Biden's position aggressively promoting abortion, enabling the killing of innocent human beings.
American rank-and-file Catholics don't want any more compromise and equivocation from the Bishops Conference on this "pre-eminent" life-and-death issue.
We want clear action, not twenty more years of dithering and "dialoguing."
50 million babies have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe!
So, we will NOT accept any more lives lost as a result of dithering and "dialoguing." [**Please see "Notes" below about how it has been reported that some senior U.S. clerics are trying to prevent this discussion from even taking place.]
And, we will especially NOT accept one life lost to abortion by politicians who claim the Catholic Faith, but who promote grave evil. God forbid!
With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by not imposing public canonical penalties on a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.
The bishops are now at a crossroads and must choose either God or mammon.
We call on them to choose God and choose Life!
And we also continue to encourage those brave, true and good bishops who have done well to warn Amercian Catholics about the perils to the unborn and the Faith resulting from Biden's promotion of abortion!
SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.
After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.
The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/joe-biden-i-support-abortion-under-any-circumstance
Biden administration has opened the way for ‘abortion by mail on a massive scale’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-administration-unleashed-by
‘Catholic’ Biden marks Roe v. Wade anniversary with pledge to make abortion available for ‘everyone’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-biden-marks-roe-v-wade-anniversary-with-pledge-to-make-abortion-available-for-everyone
BREAKING: DC archbishop affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Joe Biden - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-dc-archbishop-affirms-he-will-give-holy-communion-to-pro-abortion-joe-biden
Vatican puts brakes on US bishops confronting problem of pro-abortion Biden receiving Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-puts-brakes-on-us-bishops-confronting-problem-of-pro-abortion-biden-receiving-holy-communion
Abp. Aquila backs call for pro-abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to be denied Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion
Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-floats-excommunication-for-biden-over-his-aggressive-promotion-of-abortion
Biden’s HHS is lying about Title X to push abortion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bidens-hhs-is-lying-about-title-x-to-push-abortion
List of US bishops for and against denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden, Pelosi - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/list-of-us-bishops-for-and-against-denying-communion-to-pro-abortion-politicians-like-biden-pelosi
Notes about USCCB's June Meeting:
For nearly twenty years, the US bishops have been dithering about whether or not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians by formally withholding Holy Communion from them.
Their indecision on this gravely scandalous matter is a scandal in itself, but one of the biggest obstacles has been internal opposition from senior U.S. bishops.
And, although the faces have changed in the last 20 years, their morally-and-intellectually-challenged arguments against excommunication have not changed.
Liberal bishops of the USCCB say that excommunicating Biden (for example) would divide the Church, divide the bishops, and would politicize the reception of Holy Communion.
Indeed, in the name of “unity,” it is reported that some senior U.S. clerics, including Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Washington, DC) and Cardinal O’Malley (Boston), have been working overtime to prevent any substantial discussion of so-called “Eucharist coherence” (that is, what qualifies as worthy reception of Holy Communion).
It is also reported that at least 57 other American bishops allegedly joined these Cardinals in a recent letter to the Head of the Bishops Conference, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, to try to pressure him to drop the planned discussion at the full meeting of bishops in June.
And now, even the Vatican is getting involved, with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggesting that even more “dialogue” is needed.
These same clerics may mistakenly believe that any attempt to suppress the objective connection between a politician’s promotion of abortion and his unworthy reception of Holy Communion will fool anyone.
But, it will not.
Rank-and-file Catholics are not stupid and can smell compromise a mile away, and we’ve had enough.
With all due respect to the Cardinal, bishops, and the Vatican…those who fail to act diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by “dialoguing” with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging the bishops Conference to take action at their June meeting to exclude pro-abortion Joe Biden and other abortion-promoting “Catholic” politicians from Holy Communion.
***Photo Credit: Claire Chretien / LifeSiteNews
Fr. Donald Calloway has written an excellent and user-friendly guide to draw men closer to the one blessed to be chosen by God as father of the Holy Family. Fr. Calloway outlines a simple, easy to read, but profound journey of spiritual renewal for men in his book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of our Spiritual Father.
What does it mean to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph?
Fr. Calloway explains:
Well, it basically means that you acknowledge that he is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him. To show it, you entrust yourself entirely into his paternal care so that he can help you acquire his virtues and become holy … The person who consecrates himself to St. Joseph wants to be as close to their spiritual father as possible, to the point of resembling him in virtue and holiness.
Fr. Calloway shares the great blessing of this consecration:
Saint Joseph, in turn, will give those consecrated to him his undivided attention, protection, and guidance.
You may wonder, “Well that’s fine and sounds nice. But Saint Joseph was a model of great holiness, chastity and faithful service. I feel like my life has fallen well short of that ideal.
As Jesus, son of Joseph, said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
The holiness and example of Joseph is not to make us feel ashamed, or focus on our failures as men. Rather, as a blessed Saint in the Heavenly Kingdom, he stands ready to father us in our faith journey.
Joseph is not a condemning, distant, unapproachable father. His holiness, and his unique vocation, are a gift to us. Joseph is a strong and loving spiritual father that will help you rise above the challenges and temptations that weigh you down. Joseph will lift you up so you can stand tall in humility, with a heart cleansed of sin, empowered to grow in your Christian vocation as a man.
Consider making this exciting journey of faith and conversion, and learn more about your spiritual father and mentor, Joseph, the father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
This Father’s Day, let’s set a place at the family table, and in our hearts, for St. Joseph.
Kevin Burke, LSW, is a pastoral associate of Priests for Life and co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard. An expert on men and abortion loss, he is the author of Tears of the Fisherman and co-author of Rivers of Blood/Oceans of Mercy.