HAPPY FATHERS DAY
As we celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday, let us give thanks to God for all the dad’s in our parish. The grandfathers, the uncles, the brothers and cousins, in fact, all those men who provide the love of a father to us. A father is the man who is just and gentle. A person who we feel makes us stronger in ourselves. The man who provides security and confidence. Most importantly the man whom we can turn to for the tender response of one who truly understands and who is available for me. The role of a father is to give life, to protect life, to nurture life and ultimately to be the source of love.
Pope Francis says that “God’s face is that of a merciful Father who is always patient. Mercy makes the world less cold and more just. We need to understand God’s mercy well, this merciful Father who has such patience...God never tires of forgiving us, never! He is our Father. What then is the problem? The problem is that we get tired, we don’t want to but we get tired of asking forgiveness. Let us never get tired. He is the loving Father who always forgives, who has the heart of mercy for all of us. And let us also learn to be merciful with everyone.”
God love you
A Prayer for Fathers
God our Father,
We give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.
We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; May they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.
We pray for our own fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; May they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow. We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.
We remember fathers, grandfather, and great grandfathers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen