Christian Manhood - The Call of Christ to Men!
"The modern world's infatuation with “equality” informs our culture's presumptions about everything from politics to parenthood, from the definition of art to relations between the sexes. Radical egalitarianism has taken root even in the Church, leaving many Catholics ignorant (or disdainful) of the hierarchies found in our Tradition—particularly the patriarchal structure of the Christian family.
In The Three Marks of Manhood, Dr. G.C. Dilsaver says that the time has come to re-discover Church teaching about patriarchy, and for Catholic men to take up their God-ordained role as priest, prophet, and king of their families. And he shows you how to do it, by embracing and wielding the three staffs of patriarchy: the Scepter of authority and self-discipline, the Crosier of spiritual stewardship, and the Cross of redemptive suffering.
This familial headship to which God calls Christian husbands and fathers is not one of brute dominance over wife and children: that's an old and false form of patriarchy, in which scriptural teaching on marriage—for instance, that a wife must be subject to her husband as to the Lord—was corrupted by prevailing pagan notions of male superiority. Instead, says Dr. Dilsaver, we must adopt a new and untainted kind of patriarchy in which the husband's authority is unequivocal, yet formed by humility and self-sacrificial love. Only then, he says, can men lead their families to become what God intended; only then can men be strong enough to resist the encroachment of secular culture—and in turn renew that culture with the gospel.
The Three Marks of Manhood is a bold book that challenges the world's preconceptions. It is also a wise book that offers sound counsel for both men and women. Read it and learn how to build a strong and lasting marriage, raise children to become faithful servants of God, and foster an authentic Catholic culture in your home." (quoted from the Saint Benedict Press website, link below)
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Dr. Dilsaver on EWTN's "Women of Grace"
Last year, Dr. G.C. Dilsaver was the featured guest on The Women of Grace television show during the week of April 17th through the 20th. He discussed the call of Christian Patriarchy, fulfilling the three-fold mission of fatherhood as Priest, Prophet, and King, and self-mastery and masculinity.
In this series Dr. Dilsaver was able to expound upon his work in the psychological field and give a excellent explanation of his work, The Three Marks of Manhood: Becoming the Priest, Prophet, and King of Your Family.
What others are saying about The Three Marks of Manhood:
"What a breath of fresh air! This may be the best book of its kind that I have read, with perhaps the exception of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's "Three to get Married." Dilsaver writes with an authority and economy of style that is reflective of a long distillation of the Catholic teaching on Marriage and Family" read more...
"Dilsaver presents men as they should be and its refreshing." read more...
"Author G. C. Dilsaver believe that the answer is for men to imitate Christ in an effort to lead their families to God. This does not mean becoming a domineering tyrant. It calls for self-sacrifice, discipline, and love." read more...
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"The call to patriarchy, then,
is first a call to conversion."
The Three Marks of Manhood,
by G. C. Dilsaver
"Unlike women, who feel much and deeply, gazing inward to the family to nurture the young and tend the food that sustains us all, [men's] fate is to look beyond the hearth fires to different fires that threaten on the horizon. Ours is to protect and preserve by gazing outward, by standing at the ready always, and thus we must not be crippled by our fears."
quoted from Theophilos by Michael O'Brien