Happy Father's Day everyone! To me there is little more rare and more valuable than a good father. I have been extremely fortunate to have such a loving, kind, wise father as I have. He has been my rock and my best friend throughout my life, enduring everything with me, enjoying things with me, despite all the things we have had to deal with over the years. I was not close to my mother, but his compassion greatly compensated for it. I cannot say enough about him except to thank God for the gift of my father.
I know how many people in this world do not have good relationships with their fathers; many do not even know their fathers. I find this to be one of the greatest tragedies in the world and I believe it is one of the biggest contributing factors to all the problems in this world, particularly with family issues like abuse, divorce, etc. I can only say that, if you are a father, please be kind and loving to your children. Tell them you love them; money and actions are hollow without love. Even prisoners get food and shelter, that doesn't mean they are loved.
I pray for all fathers in the world, that they may see their fatherhood as a vocational calling from God to love and give themselves totally to their family. I pray for all priests, who are indeed fathers themselves, that they may remain faithful to the Church and to their own calling, seeing themselves in imitation of Our Father who treats all people with impartiality, fairness, kindness and mercy, and I pray this for paternal fathers as well. I pray for my own father, that all his problems and difficulties may be mended and that he may be strengthened by the love of his children and God. And I pray for all of us, that we may be close to our fathers and, if we are not or cannot be close to them, that our lack may be satisfied by our friends, our other male family members, our priests, and our Father in Heaven. I ask for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her spouse, St. Joseph. God bless.