Therese of Lisieux and St. Teresa of Avila have their own stories about the influence their fathers had on their lives as role models. The Little Flower used to ask an innocent question to her first grader classmates: “Have you ever seen a saint praying? She would add: If you haven’t, come to my house in the evening. You will see my dad on his knees in his room with outstretched arms, praying for us, his children, every day. Today we celebrate Father’s Day. Being a father means, facing many struggles and difficulties. Even in these days, fathers are expected to be the providers for, and the protectors of the family. They make sacrifices day after day for their families. They try to give their youngsters a model of goodness, holiness, faith, trust in God, and fidelity to the teachings of the Church. This is what Father’s Day should remind us of.
True fatherhood demands commitment.
Commitment demands maturity, sacrifice, and love.
Fatherhood also demands responsibility.
Fathers are a blessing, and we thank them for blessing us with lives of dedication, endurance, and love.
As we celebrate Father’s Day, let us thank God for fathers who raise their children strong and religious, and who dedicate their lives for their family and children.
6/19/2022 – Father Paul