Be strong and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.
When you are drawing near to battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the army,
Like many Catholic fathers, I often pray that if my boys have vocations to the priesthood, they accept their callings. Sadly, as Jesus told us, many do not. The corollary to my prayer is the additional plea that I be given the graces to properly assist them along their way.
There are some obvious ways to do that: talk about my (very imperfect) love of God, pray with them, and take them to liturgy and the sacraments. But I also believe that part of that grace is the ability to explain the priesthood in a positive and encouraging light. Historically, we fathers might not be too good at this.
Given the dearth of seminarians in America, I wonder if we fathers are presenting the priesthood to our children in the right way. I’m guessing that, far too often…
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If it agrees to your terms of peace and lets you in, all the people to be found in it shall serve you in forced labor.
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid, for God has come only to test you and put the fear of him upon you so you do not sin.”
So now, do not fear. I will provide for you and for your children.” By thus speaking kindly to them, he reassured them.