Pastor's Corner

2021 06-20   Thank our Heavenly Father for the Gift of Our Fathers

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day and we remember in a special way all that dads mean to their children.  Being a father is a great privilege and also a great responsibility.  Fathers are challenged to set a good example for their children and to help prepare them for their lives as adults.  This is especially important for fathers in these difficult and uncertain times as they strive to cope with the sustained impact of the COVID-19 virus, and its effects on family life.

As we know, we are called to honor our fathers.  There should be a desire to maintain a strong bond of communication with them and assist in their care in their later years, after the many years that they have cared for us in so many different ways.  It is also suggested that we pray for them after their death.  Our love for our fathers and our other family members should reflect the love that God has for us.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has placed great emphasis and focus on fatherhood.  As previously noted, the publication “The National Catholic Register” reported that Pope Francis reminded us that every family needs a father. He stated,    “to be a good father, in the first place, is to be present in the family, sharing the joys and sorrows with his wife, accompanying one’s children as they grow.”  He also stated that a good father teaches his children by giving a daily example of love and understanding.

We are celebrating the year of St. Joseph, and Pope Francis expressed his hope that all fathers would be like Saint Joseph and that they would strive “to protect their children and to teach them wisdom, faith, and integrity. “  He also prayed that fathers would “always experience our gratitude, appreciation, and support. “

The following “Father’s Day Prayer” from an unknown author asks God to bless and guide our fathers. As we reflect on this prayer, we are invited to thank our Heavenly Father for the gift of our fathers and for the many blessings He has bestowed on us.

God our Father, you govern and protect your people and shepherd them with a Father’s love.
You place a father in a family as a sign of Your love, care, and constant protection.
May fathers everywhere be faithful to the example shown in the scriptures:
Steadfast in love, forgiving transgressions, sustaining the family, caring for those in need.
Give Your wisdom to fathers that they may encourage and guide their children, keep them healthy so they may support a family.
Guide every father with the spirit of Your love that they may grow in holiness and draw their family closer to You.

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