The Three Marks of Manhood: Priest, Prophet, King
Be the Priest
Are you the spiritual leader of your home?
Do you lead family prayers?
Are you the one encouraging preparation for Mass and seeing to it that the family is on time?
Are you living a life of sacrifice?
Have you accepted your duty as head-catechist in your family?
These are tough questions and are of the utmost importance in living out the call to be the "man of the house". St. Augustine called married men, "Co-episcopi" or "fellow bishops". He could only say this if he realized the role that each father has in leading his family to Christ by becoming first both priest and victim. In this he imitates his divine Master and Shepherd by laying down his life for his "sheep". He does this primarily by:
Be the Prophet
Are you a faithful witness to your faith?
Do you speak the truth in the face of injustice, lies, and political correctness?
Do you give in to difficulties at work and at home?
Do compromise with the "world" in order to avoid confrontation?
Anyone that knows anything about the lives of the prophets of the Old Testament knows that with the office of prophet comes martyrdom. As men we are given a great ability to be magnanimous, the only problems lies in how we apply this magnanimity. We must learn to always be willing to give for Our Lord, our Church, and our family, rather than our self. This office of prophet ties right in with the office of priest and encourages us to live the following:
Be the King
Are you the true leader of your family?
Do you wield the scepter in a wise and humble manner?
Are you willing to take the consequences of tough decisions - and are you willing to make those tough decisions?
Do you seek holy and wise counsel?
Do you regularly renew your consecration to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts?
Are you willing to live the indissolubility and exclusivity of your sacramental marriage faithfully?
While the most obvious way a man is king of his household is in his decision-making authority, the real way he lives this office is through his imitation of the Christ, the True King. Our Lord lived his kingship in humility which culminated in His offering his life on the Throne of the Cross. In reality, the threefold roles of Priest, Prophet, and King are completely united in the perfect human, the God-man, Christ Jesus. His Kingship is most shown through his priestly Sacrifice, which came about by His faithful witness in His Prophetic nature. As fathers and head of our families we live this kingship through: