ONE WHO BLESSES
As fathers, we must also be men who bless. We bless everything. We bless our wives, our children. Why? Because this shows that we care for them, that we love them.
Make the sign of the cross on the foreheads of your wife, your children before they leave the house, when they return, when they go to bed. For the older children in whom you have not done this since they were kids you can give the blessing silently in your heart. You don’t even have to touch them. Although, it is not too late to start.
As a man who blesses; you also protect and ask for God’s protection on those you bless.
These little signs say, “I Love You!” Make it a habit. Incorporate this into your daily program. At night bless your children with holy water and have them bless each other. God’s protection is with them.
Also, bless whatever endeavor you undertake – projects at work, at home, your travels; everything. If you know you are going into a tough meeting, silently bless each member as they walk in the door. You’ll be amazed at the results.
A man, who blesses, is also a man who builds. If at work, someone curses God’s name, silently offer a blessing for God’s name. If someone tears down, then you build up. If some destroys, then you should create.
“Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belong to such as these.” “Then He embraced them and blessed them, placing His hands on them.” ( Mark 10:14,16)
Fathers-to-be, daily, lay your hands upon your unborn child (or children) and pray that the Holy Spirit fill your child (or children) with light, love and wholeness.
TOUCH MY UNBORN CHILD
Heavenly Father, I praise You and thank You for deeming this life to be and for forming this child in your image and likeness. Send forth Your Holy Spirit and illuminate her womb. Fill it with Your light, power, majesty, and glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, come with Your love, and in Your infinite mercy pour forth Your healing into this child. Remove any negativity that may have been conveyed knowingly or unknowingly. Bathe this child in Your Precious Blood and fill it with Your Light and Truth.
Dear sweet Mother Mary, come and be with this child. Come with your angels and saints and intercede on this tiny child’s behalf before each person of the Holy Trinity.
Thank You, Father for this beautiful child. Thank You, Holy Spirit for filling this child with grace. Thank You, Jesus for healing this child. Thank You, Mary, the angels and the saints for interceding on this child’s behalf. To all of you this child is given. May all honor and glory be given to God by this Child in time and in eternity. Amen. Alleluia. Amen.
Actions to Live By
- Read a Christian/Catholic book on Fatherhood – make it a weekly habit year after year until what you think becomes who you are.
- With your kids take a trip to the library to find “The Stone Face” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and then read it with your children. Ask them what the story means to them and tell them what it means to you. Bring in the spiritual side and illustrate how we can be changed step-by-step through reading the Bible.
- Ask your children to think of one thing they want to change about themselves. You need to come up with one too, as well as having a few suggestions for each child (i.e., yelling in the house, teasing a sibling, etc.) Tell them yours and ask for some suggestions on how to make some changes. Do the same with their change areas.