Pastor’s Reflection for June 21, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate Father’s Day. This day is not quite as popular as Mother’s Day. There is a simple reason for this. Men have a more difficult time expressing their feelings to their children so many children go through life without experiencing the love of their father. This is a tragedy because fathers generally do love their children and work long hours to raise them in comfort. One thing that children need from their fathers is their blessing. It is a father’s expression of how proud they are and the love that they have for their children. Children need to hear this verbally from their dads.

Fathers are also the spiritual heads of their families. There is a statistic that if dad is the first in the family to become a Christian, there is a 93 percent probability that everyone else in the family will follow his lead. For mothers it is a 17 percent probability.  Fathers need to be aware that we are in spiritual warfare, that there is an enemy that is at war against the family and especially his family. That enemy is the devil. Fathers are called to provide for the spiritual nourishment as well as the physical for their children. This is one of the most important issues facing the Church today. We need to change men’s perception on the importance of worship. If there is an area that will bring security and peace into the lives of the children, it is a relationship with Jesus. Children feel content with a full stomach. How much more with a full spirit.

christian-fathers-day-giftsI wish to thank fathers that are in spiritual leadership in their house. I pray that all men follow the example of the holy men in the Scriptures who engaged in the spiritual warfare. I pray that they draw near to their God and become men of faith and integrity so as to lead their families on the road that will bring them all to their heavenly homeland.

We will be looking for someone to fill our Youth Minister position. If you or anyone you know may be interested, please contact me at the rectory.

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, June 23, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,