Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Activity: The Man of the House

    Supplies

  • None
  • Prep Time

  • N/A
  • Difficulty

  • N/A
  • Cost

  • N/A
  • For Ages

  • n/a
  • Activity Types

    Linked Activities

    • None

    Files

    • None

    Linked Recipes

    • None

    Linked Prayers

    • None

    Feasts

    Seasons

    • None

The following is an excerpt from a homily by Fr. John E. Coogan, S.J. given in November of 1961.

DIRECTIONS

The special need for more frequent Communion is on the part of the men and the older boys. No man can afford to "keep his religion in his wife's name." The man is by nature the head of the family, and the family usually ends up where he leads. He can't expect his family to continue to live a very vital Catholic life unless he sets the example. As an Army captain can't hole-up in some rearline trench and cry out, "Onward, Christian soldiers!", neither can the husband and father expect his wife and children to do much in the Church Militant if he is a non-combatant, "too proud to fight."

An interesting evidence of the power of example of the adult male in encouraging devout religious practice was had in England during World War II. In a certain Catholic orphanage the larger boys were refusing to obey the Sisters' directives to approach the Communion rail with folded hands. In the neighborhood of the orphanage was a GI camp whose soldiers soon became heroes to the orphan lads. One day a crowd of the GI's came to Mass in the orphanage and went to Communion, of course with hands devoutly folded as is done in our country. When the orphan boys saw Tex and Bill and Tom properly approaching the Communion rail, the troubles of the Sisters with the boys were over. "Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn in no other."

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The first steps toward liturgical renewal 20 hours ago
Boycott Apple? No; the effort is doomed to fail. 22 hours ago
Church Fathers: St. Justin Martyr March 31
Zooming toward Easter March 31
Why homosexuals need not worry over the Indiana law March 31

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope announces Jubilee: a Year of Mercy CWN - March 13