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Prior to becoming a Catholic, my life was messy, to say the least. Although my father taught me some really good things, he wasn’t a very good dad. He had a bad habit of not keeping his word, would try to tell me one way to be but do just the opposite himself, and he had a tendency to be rather brutal in the way he handled me. So when I started having kids, I had no idea what to do… but I certainly knew what not to do. As it turned out, because I did things just the opposite of my dad, I got real lucky and learned to become a good father.

In fact, all of my sons became the sort of men that would make any father proud. They’re all responsible, patriotic men of the sort I would have liked to have been when I was their age. So this episode is all about being a dad, something sorely lacking in today’s American society. Tune in to learn all about it!

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Catholic News Notes

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About the author, Joe Sixpack

I'm Joe Sixpack—The Every Catholic Guy, and I'm your go-to guy for all things Catholic! I'm a convert of thirty years, and the Holy Spirit has used me to make hundreds of converts in one-on-one and small group venues. I'm also a consecrated member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, under the direction of Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. I hope we can be friends!

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