August 19, 2019

Tag - Fathers

A Family of Love

In the liturgical life of the Church, many days of the year are dedicated to concrete events and persons. Of course, there are many feasts for Jesus. But in addition, we remember Mary, the saints, and the “signature” moments in the...

The Christian Way

In the Gospel of Mark (10:35-45), James and John had it all wrong. They wanted authority. They wanted to sit at the right hand and left hand of Jesus when the Kingdom of God was established on earth. They wanted to lord it over others. They wanted...

Searching for Patience

An eight-year-old boy named Jimmy came home one evening with two black eyes, and confessed to his dad that he had gotten into an argument with Bobby, the boy across thestreet. His father said, “Haven’t your mother and I told you again and again that...

Parenting is Tough Business

In the Gospel of John (6:51-58), Our Lord embarks upon what theologians refer to as The Bread of Life Discourse. Here, Jesus stands within the crowd and begins to teach. Having been sent by the Father, Jesus is caring for the Children of God! By...

Seeking Courageous Fathers

There are no coincidences or happy breaks in the life of believers, but only the unfolding of God’s plan; so often mysterious, obscure and, yes, even painful, but with fool proof guarantee of success in the Resurrection of Christ. Today is Father’s...

Father Knows Best

During the 1950s, there was a radio and television show entitled Father Knows Best. The show followed the lives of the Andersons, a middle class family living in a Midwestern town. One history of the show characterized the Andersons as “truly...

My Dad is Becoming Like Me

I don’t know when it started but every so often I think about what my dad was like at my age, or whatever the age I was at the time. Did he have the same struggles? All my life I saw “my dad” as a grown man who knew all the answers. In fact, it was...

Saving Your Daughter

One of the blessings of teaching high school English literature was to discover how certain stories touched various students. I recall a day when my class was discussing a novel in which a young girl’s beloved father dies from a debilitating disease...

Love’s Mission

In the Gospel of John (6:37-40), Jesus boldly reveals His identity: He is the One sent by the Father. Three chapters earlier, in John 3:16, we are told of God’s love for us: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes...

This Is Your Life

Once there was a man—let’s call him Tim—who was dying of cancer; thanks to hospice care, he was able to stay in his own home, where he spent all his time in bed. Tim happened to be a huge soccer fan, and because that’s not a major American sport, he...

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