Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fathers' Day 2016

Today is Fathers' Day in the USA.

A boy asked his father for help with his homework. "Dad, what's a parasite?' The father answered, "someone who lives in Paris." Then, the boy asked, "what's Malaria?' The father answered, "Oh, Malaria is a country in Africa." The boy said, "gee, thanks Dad, I hope you don't mind me asking you all these questions," and the father replied, "Son, how else are you going to learn, if you don't ask questions." 

Seriously, is there any more difficult job than the one faced by fathers today? On this day our society pays lip service to fathers but on every other day they are mocked and vilified. Everywhere around us we see men abandoning, and abusing their children, and even urging that their children be aborted. Let's pray today that fathers will deny themselves, and take up their cross and do their work.

Here is a little prayer for fathers;

Our Father in Heaven, we thank you for all the fathers on earth who,
like St. Joseph, accept the responsibility to care for and love their children.
May you strengthen them with the kindness, patience and wisdom they need
to encourage and guide their children.
May they be supported by a steadfast wife, a caring family and good friends.
Most of all, may they know that you and you alone are the source of all that is
good and truly valuable in this world.

"For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but ruin or lose himself?

Happy Father's Day to my sons and sons-in-law.


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