Every Catholic man who is blessed to come to believe the reality that Jesus Christ is the Savior of Man and that he personally needs Jesus to be his Savior, is received into Christ’s Holy Catholic Church Militant (the Catholic Church on earth) and begins his pilgrimage towards the eternal happiness of being with the Blessed Trinity and all the Saints and Angels in Heaven forever.

The vocation, or work, of Catholic Manhood progresses through 3 stages: Catholic Son, Catholic Father, and Catholic Saint. A Catholic man grows through the 3 stages, with each stage building upon and including the past stage through the disciplined practice of a variety of holy habits which must be mastered and maintained.

Growing in Catholic Manhood – The 3 Stages of Ascent

Every Catholic man’s pilgrimage towards Heaven progresses through three necessary stages as he grows in holiness and happiness: 1) Becoming a Catholic Son, 2) Becoming a Catholic Father, and 3) Becoming a Catholic Saint.

Becoming a Better Catholic Son

The major goal during the first stage of the spiritual life of a Catholic man as a Catholic Son is to bring a man’s selfish thoughts and acts under control and to live his life as commanded by the Blessed Trinity so that he can resist the constant attacks and temptations of Satan and be an obedient and holy Catholic Son.

There are 7 Major Habits of Catholic Sons (Major Habits 1-7 of Catholic Manhood) and 24 smaller Habits which can help a man grow in his vocation as a Catholic Son.

Becoming a Better Catholic Father

The major goal during the second stage of the spiritual life of a Catholic man as a Catholic Father is to mature beyond his obedience as a Catholic Son and to lead others to become adopted sons and daughters of the Almighty Father; a Catholic Father has moved beyond simply not rebelling against God to actively striving to cooperate with the calling to help build the Holy Catholic Church, starting with his family, his own Domestic Church Militant. 

There are 7 Major Habits of Catholic Fathers (Major Habits 8-14 of Catholic Manhood) and 28 smaller Habits (Habits 28-52 of Catholic Sons and Fathers) which can help a man grow in his vocation as a Catholic Father.