Pierre-Thomas Dehau, OP—Family and Holy Family: The Father
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“I ask you to ask yourself simply, very simply, this question: where is the honor which I am due as a father? Does it exist? Does it exist enough? Do I enforce it enough, these rights which I do not have the right to touch because they are the rights of divine fatherhood which I represent?”
Happy Father’s Day! We’re continuing our series of works honoring St. Joseph throughout this year of St. Joseph, with this remarkable reflection on fatherhood.
The English translation of this work appeared in the Winter 2018 Issue of Dominicana Journal, a publication of student friars of the province of St. Joseph, in formation at the Dominican House of Studies. The focus of this particular issue was “Christian Manliness”, presenting a positive view of manly virtue and masculine perfection.
Pierre-Thomas Dehau, OP (1870-1956) was a priest of the Dominican Province of France. Blind from a young age, he was never able to write books. Instead, Fr. Dehau devoted himself to preaching and giving retreats. The works of his available to us today come from notes of his lectures, homilies, and conferences. This text is an excerpt from a series of conferences given by Fr. Dehau on the family, considering each member of the family—father, mother, and child—and reflecting upon their counterparts in the Holy Family.
Dominicana Journal: https://www.dominicanajournal.org/
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