Father’s Day Prayer

“God Our Father, We give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.  We pray for those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children; may they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.  We pray for those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has nurtured a thriving life.  We pray for those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their stepchildren’s love and respect.  We pray for those fathers who have lost a child to death and continue to hold the child in their heart.  We pray for those men who cannot have children, yet cherish the next generation as if they were their own.  We pray for those men who have “fathered” others in their role as mentors and guides.  We pray for fathers 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 yet.  We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers who are no longer with  us yet who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love  May they have been welcomed into Your loving embrace.  And we pray that our family will one day be reunited in Your heavenly kingdom.  In union with St. Joseph, whom you entrusted with Your Son, we ask Your generous blessings upon all fathers today and every day.  Amen”

Sunday, June 20, 2021

In a storm of doubt and skepticism, the “sleeping” Jesus awakens in the terrified Apostles an awe of who is He that the wind and sea obey Hm.  We do not realize that the Gospel Jesus “sleeps” within our own “boats”. He “awakens” during the most difficult and demanding storms we encounter, enabling us to do what is right and just.  Within each of us is the grace of the “awakened” Jesus in today’s Gospel: the wisdom, the patience, the courage to discern the presence of God amid the storms of tension, fear, anxiety, and injustice we experience.  As Frederick Buechner writes in his book, Secrets of the Dark: “Christ sleeps in the deepest selves of all of us, and whatever we do in whatever time we have left, wherever we go, may we in whatever way we can call on Him as the fishermen did in their boat to come awake within us and to give us courage, to give us hope, to show us, each one, our way.  May he be with us especially when the winds go mad and the waves run wild. as they will for all of us before we are finished in this life, so that even in their midst we may find peace, and more importantly, find Him.”

In Christ’s Peace, Fr. Dave