The Almighty Father seeks to draw every man into union with Himself and become His adopted sons. As His sons mature, the Father calls every Catholic man to become a spiritual father who brings many spiritual children to the Father and the Father blesses, protects and provides for His sons through His Holy Catholic Church. 

The Almighty Father calls every man to become His obedient adopted sons

The Almighty Father desires to draw every man into union with Himself, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and welcomes every man who turns to Him, repents, and receives the Sacrament of Baptism to become His adopted sons. 

The Almighty Father desires to draw men into union with Himself

The Father so loves His creation, that He willed that every man might come to know Him and reveals Himself to man (CCC 287-289). The Father actively calls every man (Lk 15:12-13) and desires every man to be drawn into union with Him (Lk 15:24). It is through the Son and in the Holy Spirit that the Father pours out His heavenly gifts upon men and grants eternal life (CCC 1050). 

The Almighty Father desires that every man might be able to enter into the divine happiness of His glory (CCC 1722) and He grieves when a man seeks to find his reward in the material things of the world and desires every man to abandon himself to His Divine Providence (CCC 305, 322, 2547).

The Almighty Father forgives men who respond to His call and repent from their sins

Though man turned away from the Almighty Father in Eden through the fall into Original Sin (CCC 396-406) and men can not help but fall into sin due to Concupiscence (CCC 377, 418, 2515), the Father is compassionate (Lk 15:22-24), infinitely merciful (Lk 1:72, 28, 6:36; 2 Cor 1:3, Eph 2:4; 1 Pt 1:3), will forgive every man who repents from his sins (Mt 6:15, Mk 11:25; Lk 15:20, 23:34; 1 John 1:9; CCC 270, 1449) and welcome him into a new life of abundant happiness (CCC 1439). 

As the Son describes the Almighty Father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-24), the Father is generous and patient even to those who do not yet acknowledge and love Him (Mt 5:45; Lk 6:35, 12:32). 

The Almighty Father adopts men to become sons through His Son

Jesus, God the Son of the Father, reveals the Almighty Father desires to be known as “Father” and invites every man to come to Him with “straightforward simplicity, filial trust, joyous assurance, humble boldness, and the certainty of being loved” (CCC 2778). It is through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, that every man can come to understand that the Almighty Father is not only source and ruler of his life, but that a man can enter into the blessing of the Father’s goodness and loving care (CCC 239, 1671). 

Through faith in the Almighty Father’s Son, Jesus Christ, a man can become an adopted son of the Father through the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:14-17, Gal 3:26, 1 Jn 3:1-2) in the Sacrament of Baptism (CCC 1265, 1279). A baptized man can draw close to the Father (Mt 6:9, Eph 1:2, Col 1:2) and become part of the family of God in His Holy Catholic Church (CCC 759); no man may approach the Father except through the Son and the Holy Spirit (CCC 683).

The Almighty Father requires His sons to be obedient to His will

The Father commanded that His Son was to be obedient to His will (Lk 22:42, Jn 14:31; Heb 5:8) and the Son of the Father was perfectly obedient in all things during the Incarnation: the Son is obedient to His Mother and St. Joseph (Lk 2:51-52; CCC 531, 564); the Son lives an obedient life of a Jew to the law of the Father (CCC 531); the Son is obedient to the Father in all things (CCC 475), even unto death (CCC 411, 461, 539). It is the obedience of the Son which achieves every man’s salvation (CCC 1850). 

The Father makes His will known through the Son so that every man might be obedient to His will (CCC 2823). Every adopted son must be obedient to the Son’s commandments to be able to receive the Father’s love (Jn 14:21). 

The Almighty Father calls His sons to the vocation of fatherhood

The Almighty Father calls each of His sons to become spiritual fathers who  draw many to become His adopted sons and daughters to build His Kingdom on earth.

The Almighty Father calls every one of His sons to make disciples to build His Kingdom

Through the Son, the Father has called every man to the mission to love (Jn 15:9, 12; CCC 1823) and to evangelize every soul (Mt 28:16-20; CCC 74, 429, 851, 900, 905); no Catholic man is exempt from fulfilling his duty to evangelize (CCC 1533). 

The Son of God comes to the world to destroy the kingdom of Satan (Lk 11:15, 1 Jn 3:8; CCC 394, 550) and expand the Kingdom of the Father (Mk 1:14-15, CCC 541-542, 1086) by establishing the Holy Catholic Church on earth (CCC 763-766); Catholic (meaning “universal”, CCC 830) and Church (meaning “convocation or assembly”; CCC 777). 

With the establishment of the Catholic Church on earth, the Church exists in three states (CCC 954):

  • the Church Militant (Latin, militare, meaning “to serve as a soldier”; those engaged in the spiritual combat on earth), 
  • the Church Penitent (Latin, paenitentem, meaning “repentant of one’s sins”; those souls who are being purified in Purgatory), and 
  • the Church Triumphant (Latin, triumphus, meaning “achievement, success, spiritual victory”; those souls who have been triumphant in the spiritual battle on earth and have become the Saints in Heaven). 

Every man who is baptized becomes a member of the Father’s Kingdom on earth, the Catholic Church Militant, commonly called the Catholic Church.

The Almighty Father calls every one of His sons to the vocation of fatherhood

A vocation (Latin, vocationem, meaning “a calling”) is the work to which every Catholic man is called. For a Catholic man, his spiritual vocation is his life and death duty on earth, while his earthy vocation (e.g. career, effort for income) is primarily to provide sufficient material goods to survive; Jesus came to build the Kingdom (spiritual vocation) and happened to be a carpenter (earthly vocation; Mt 13:55, Mk 6:3). 

The life of a Catholic man progresses through several stages and matures in Catholic fatherhood. A baby boy is blessed to become an adopted son of the Almighty Father through Baptism. As he matures, a boy is drawn to the Father through the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist and he becomes a Catholic man through the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

As a spiritual adult, a Catholic man remains a Catholic Son, but must fulfill his mission to make disciples for the Father to build His Kingdom on earth, the Catholic Church Militant; the making of disciples is an act of spiritual fatherhood which draws others to become adopted sons and daughters of the Father.

Because every Catholic man has the mission and duty to evangelize the world and make disciples, every Catholic man has the same spiritual vocation: to be a Catholic father. 

The Almighty Father invites each man to discern his particular path to fatherhood

The Almighty Father calls every man to the vocation of spiritual fatherhood through various ways; through the Sacrament of Matrimony, as a virgin single man, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or as a Religious; the Almighty Father is the origin and standard of fatherhood (CCC 239). 

 The Almighty Father calls the vast majority of Catholic men to the vocation of married life through the Sacrament of Matrimony through which he is blessed with a wife and may be blessed with children to build the Kingdom of the Father (CCC 1534). A married Catholic man is given headship (authority) over his wife and children by the Father (Gen 3:16, 1 Cor 11:3,  Eph 5:24, Col 3:18, 1 Pet 3:1, 1 Tim 2:11, Titus 2:4-5) to spiritually lead each member of his family to become adopted sons and daughters of the Father. Imitating the Fatherhood of the Almighty Father, a married Catholic man is to lead his family as the head and spiritual father of his own domestic Church (CCC 2685), which might be called the Domestic Church Militant, the smallest unit of the greater Catholic Church Militant. 

The Almighty Father may call a man to remain single as a virgin (CCC 1618-1620) instead of entering into the Sacrament of Marriage; the single man, just like every other Catholic man, is called to become a spiritual father who draws others to become adopted sons and daughters of the Father (CCC 1618). 

Those men who are called to a religious vocation as a consecrated brother (CCC 925-927) are also called to the work of spiritual fatherhood to make disciples to build the Kingdom of God (CCC 927). 

The Almighty Father also calls some men to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as bishops, priests, and as deacons (CCC 1536) who act in the person and place of the Son of God (CCC 1548) and represents the “living image of God the Father” (CCC 1549). Those men who have been called to Holy Orders fulfill their duty as spiritual fathers by teaching, divine worship, and pastoral governance (CCC 1592), all of which are focused on leading others to become adopted sons and daughters of the Father; in imitation of the Father, priests are called “father.”

The Almighty Father blesses His sons through the Holy Catholic Church

The Almighty Father sent His Son to establish and lead the Holy Catholic Church, the universal Sacrament of Salvation, and calls every Catholic man to zealously practice the Catholic faith and receive His blessings. The Almighty Father vigilantly protects and abundantly provides for His obedient sons. 

The Almighty Father gave His Son to lead the Church

The Almighty Father gave His Son absolute authority (headship) over the world (Mt 18:18, Jn 14:6, 1 Cor 15:24-28,  Phil 2:9-11, Eph 1:21, Col 2:10, 1 Pt 3:22) including all judgment (Mt 25:31-46; Jn 5:22-23, 27; 2 Cor 5:10). The Father is completely present with His Son (Jn 8:29); if a man rejects the Son he rejects the Father (Lk 10:16; 1 Jn 2:22-23, 5:10-11). The Father has given His Son, who is “the way and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6), so that every man can draw near to the Father and serve, glorify, and become perfect like Him (CCC 51, 1693, 1698); the Son is the sole mediator between the Father and men (1 Tim 2:5-6).

The Church is the universal Sacrament of Salvation (CCC 774) which is the way the Father seeks to draw every man into union with Himself (CCC 775). The Son established the Holy Catholic Church on His Father’s behalf (CCC 763) and the Son is the head of His Church (CCC 792) and the Church is one with Christ (CCC 795).  

The Almighty Father commands His sons to be zealous in practicing Catholicism

Like a good father, the Almighty Father has created the world good and has established a holy order as a gift to man (CCC 299); the Father has established His Holy Catholic Church to provide order to men so they may be happy and live fruitful lives pleasing to Him. 

The Almighty Father commands that men keep the Law of the Gospel (CCC 1965-1974) which is lived out by living a devout Catholic life through acts of faith, hope and charity which are made concrete through almsgiving, prayer and fasting (CCC 1969). As the Son was perfectly obedient to the Father, every man is to live by the obedience of faith (CCC 144), to obediently keep the 10 Commandments (CCC 2073), and to be obedient to the Roman Pontiff and the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church (CCC 891).

The Almighty Father calls every man to the perfection of holiness of the Father by doing the Father’s will in all things (Mt 5:48, Jn 8:29; CCC 2012-2013, 2825-2926) which can only be achieved by drawing ever-closer to the Son of God (CCC 2014) and seeking to imitate Jesus, the perfect image of the Father (CCC 1877); a man who strives to grow in holiness through Christ can rightly hope that the Almighty Father will reward him (CCC 2016). 

The Almighty Father blesses His sons through the Catholic Church

The Almighty Father blesses His adoptive sons and offers them the opportunity to be unified in love and receive salvation through His Catholic Church (CCC 845). It is through the Catholic Church that:

The Almighty Father draws His sons to Himself in prayer

The Almighty Father desires that every man come to Him in prayer (Gal 4:6; CCC 1695, 2564, 2601), as His Son did (CCC 2599, 2605). A Catholic man’s prayer is primarily addressed to the Almighty Father but can also be directed to His Son, Jesus Christ (CCC 2680) and to the Holy Spirit (CCC 2681). Every prayer to the Almighty Father is united with the Son (CCC 2664) and the Holy Spirit (CCC 1695, 2564) because the Holy Trinity is consubstantial and indivisible (CCC 2789).

The Almighty Father allows those men who are humble and long for Him to receive His wisdom (Mt 11:25-27; CCC 2603). While there are various prayers to the Father, a man should regularly and confidently pray the Our Father given by the Son for it is “the most perfect of prayers” (CCC 2774). The Father desires for men to recognize His generosity and pray with gratitude for His many blessings (CCC 2742). 

When a man boldly prays for his needs to the Father in the Holy Name of Jesus (CCC 2664, 2742), Jesus intercedes on a man’s behalf (CCC 2741) and the Father graciously responds (CCC 2610); out of His infinite love, the Father will not grant a man’s requests if they are not a blessing to the man (CCC 2737). 

The Almighty Father draws His sons to Himself in Sacred Scripture

The Father desires for men to enter into conversation and He speaks to men through Sacred Scripture (CCC 104, 2691). A Catholic man is called to draw closer to the Father in Sacred Scripture so that He may learn about the Father and better understand the Father’s will (CCC 763, 1027, 1043, 1975).

The Almighty Father blesses His sons through the Sacraments

The Almighty Father desires for every man to give Him glory through the Liturgy of the Church (CCC 2558) and draw close to Him through the celebration of the Sacraments (CCC 51, 1153). 

Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation

Through the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation the Father draws men to Himself (CCC 1303), adopts them as His sons, sets His indelible seal upon them, and gives them His grace (CCC 698, 1121, 1217-1218, 1299, 2156-2157); it is through Baptism and Confirmation that a man is blessed to be able to celebrate the Liturgy and give glory to the Father (CCC 1119).

Sacrament of Penance

The Almighty Father desires every man who falls into sin to return to Him (CCC 1423, 1465) in the Sacrament of Penance through which He joyously and generously welcomes His sons return and forgives their sins (CCC 1439, 2839); it the “Father of mercies” through His Son (CCC 1461), with the Holy Spirit, Who absolves a man of his sins (CCC 1449). The Father desires for His sons to come to Him frequently in the Sacrament of Penance so they experience His mercy and can become increasingly merciful as He is merciful (CCC 1458). 

Sacrament of the Eucharist

The Almighty Father has given His only Son to become the Bread of Heaven for His sons and desires that every man receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist (CCC 2837); the Father desires that no man perish and welcomes those who repent from their sins to offer Him their prayers of praise and glory in the Mass (CCC 1037, 1345). When His sons cross the threshold of a Catholic parish, they enter into the Father’s house (CCC 1186) which is His Kingdom where the repentant may receive the new wine of the Blood of Christ (CCC 1335). The Mass is directed to the Father and helps His sons better adhere to His will (CCC 1098) and draw closer to Him (CCC 1101). 

The Father welcomes His sons to offer their sufferings to Him in union with the Passion of His Son in the Sacrament of the Eucharist (CCC 901); it is only in, through, and with the Passion of the Christ that a man’s prayers will be accepted by the Father (CCC 1359-1361, 1368, 2777). The Father, through the Holy Spirit, causes the offering of the bread and wine in the Mass to become the actual Body and Blood of His Son (CCC 1105-1107, 1353) which bears spiritual fruit in the lives of His sons (CCC 1109). 

Sacrament of Matrimony

The Almighty Father blesses His sons through the Sacrament of Matrimony by drawing each son to become one flesh with his wife, his helpmate, in an unbreakable bond (CCC 1605, 1614) and strengthens them in love, unity and happiness in their married lives through His Son (CCC 1641-1642). The Father blesses each of His sons through the Sacrament of Matrimony so he may lead his family, begat and form his children in imitation of the Father’s work of Creation (CCC 2205); the Father holds every Catholic father accountable for raising his children to fulfill the Father’s law (CCC 2222). To please the Father, a Catholic father is to lead his family in the practice of Catholicism to be charitable to the suffering people of the world, including orphans and widows (CCC 2208). 

Sacrament of Holy Orders

The Almighty Father, through His Son, calls and blesses His sons who He chooses to be bishops, priests and deacons in the Sacrament of Holy Orders (CCC 1541-1543); all the ordained serve the Father in the one priesthood of Christ (CCC 1546-1547).

Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

The Almighty Father blesses men with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick through which a man’s suffering is united with the Passion of the Son (CCC 1521) through the Holy Spirit which strengthens a man to face his illness (CCC 1520). The Viaticum, the last Sacrament of a Catholic, is a blessing which prepares the dying man to be received by the Father (CCC 1524). In every Catholic man’s funeral Mass, the Church, through the Son in the Holy Spirit, surrenders a man’s soul “into the Father’s hands” (CCC 1683) through the Eucharistic sacrifice (CCC 1689).

The Almighty Father helps men do good works

The Almighty Father, through His own divine goodness, gives men the grace to respond to His call and by a man’s cooperation, assisted by the Holy Spirit, is blessed to receive merit for his cooperation (CCC 2008). It is through the Father’s gracious adoption of a man that he receives the grace to do good works; a man’s good works are gifts from the Father (CCC 2009). 

The Almighty Father protects His sons

The Almighty Father allows Satan to test His sons but protects those who seek Him from Satan’s temptations and from every evil including the eternal death of Hell.

The Almighty Father allows Satan to test His sons

Satan and the other demons are angels who were created to be good by the Father, but who rebelled against Him and became evil (CCC 391). Satan has great power and can attack men and cause grave injuries but the Father mysteriously allows Satan to do evil in the world and He accomplishes His divine purpose (CCC 395). The Our Father confirms that Satan and his evil attacks are not an abstraction nor a myth, but a real and grave threat to men (Mt 6:13; 2851); elsewhere, the Son also prays that the Father protect men from the Evil One (Mt 6:13; Jn 17:15; CCC 2850). 

Just as the Almighty Father allowed Satan to tempt His Son (Mk 1:12-13; CCC 538-540), the Father allows men to be tempted to do evil, so they may be tested and choose by their own free will to reject evil and do what is holy (CCC 2846-2849). 

The Almighty Father protects His sons from temptation

The Son shows every man that the way to defeat temptation is to do the Father’s will (CCC 566). The Father is prepared to help His sons navigate the necessary temptations (Greek, peirasmos, meaning “experiment, trial”) of life and avoid the temptation to fall into evil (CCC 2847) by seeking His divine protection (CCC 2854). The Almighty Father has omnipotence (all power), an ominous power that strikes fear into evil spirits (CCC 434), which the Father uses through His Son (CCC 2849) and the Holy Spirit (CCC 2847) to protect and deliver His sons from every evil (CCC 2854).

The Almighty Father protects His sons from death and Hell

The Father knows of the distress in the world caused by Satan and desires every man to come to Him and be saved from death and Hell (CCC 2854). Just as the Father raised His only begotten Son from the dead (Acts 2:24, 10:40; Rom 10:9; Col 2:12; CCC 449), the Father will raise each of His obedient sons from the dead (CCC 358, 364).

To be protected from Satan, the Father has sent the Son to save men through Baptism and those who become obedient and faithful adopted sons of the Father cannot be touched by Satan; any man protected by the Father does not need to dread Satan (CCC 2852). When a son of the Father is under attack, all he needs to do is to pray in the Holy Name of Jesus to the Father, and he will be protected (CCC 2815). 

The Almighty Father provides for His sons

As the Creator, the Almighty Father is the source and provider of all things and will graciously pour out His abundant blessings upon His obedient sons when they ask for His gifts. 

The Almighty Father is the provider of all things

The Almighty Father is the source of everything (1 Cor 4:7; Jas 1:17) and there is nothing that a man has, or accumulates, which does not come from the Father (CCC 224). The Father is a provider of all good things (Mt 6:25-34; Lk 11:13, 12:32, Rom 8:32; Eph 1:3; CCC 17).

The Almighty Father will provide for the needs of His obedient sons

The Son of God reveals that men must seek the Father’s Kingdom and be obedient to His will if they wish for the Father to provide for them (Mt 6:33; CCC 2827). The Father will respond to the petitions of His sons (CCC 2830) and provide for all their needs while on earth (Mt 6:25-33; CCC 270, 305, 2830) and provide eternal life and true and lasting happiness in Heaven (Jn 14:2; CCC 458, 1028, 1050, 1720) through His Son and the Holy Spirit.