Loading
June 10, 2008
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
By Bishop Arthur N. TaFoya *

By Bishop Arthur N. TaFoya *

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

I once heard a story on the radio about a group of volunteers at a local prison.  The volunteers thought it would be a good idea to offer Mother’s Day cards to the inmates and include a stamp so that the cards could be mailed. The response was overwhelming. The group ran out of cards and had to purchase more.

 

Since the event was so successful, the volunteers decided to do it again for Father’s Day.

 

Not one of the men sent a card to his father.

 

Whether this story is true or not, it illustrates that being a father does not take a moment; it takes a lifetime. There are men who have multiple children from multiple partners, men who abandon their families, men who do not pay child support, men who abuse their children, or men who teach their children to do drugs or steal. These men are fathers only for a moment.

 

Then there are men who raise their children to lead productive lives, who share the good times and the bad, who wipe away their tears and tuck them in bed at night, men who, although no longer with the mother of their children, support them financially and emotionally, or men who raise other men’s children as their own. These men are fathers for a lifetime.

 

We are all children of God. God loves us in the same way that a father loves his children. Everything good about being a father we see in God. He sustains and protects us, guides, and encourages us. He is gentle and strong at the same time.

 

God is patient and just. He lets us go when we wander far from his love and he welcomes us back when we find him again. He forgives and heals. He doesn’t love one more than another. “God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him” (1 John 4:16b).

 

Children need fathers just as much as they need mothers. But children see their fathers as an image of God the Father. Will your children see God as an evil tyrant or emotionally detached? Will they know him as compassionate and caring?

 

God has called fathers to an amazing vocation. He has shared with you his most wonderful gift. Love your children, take care of them, guide them and provide a secure and loving atmosphere where they can grow to appreciate how unique and important they are. Show them through your example how much God loves them.

 

I want to express my gratitude to those fathers for a lifetime. Thank you for nurturing your children. To the fathers for a moment, I ask that you remember how God has loved and cared for you; I encourage you to become role models for your children.

 

May God continue to bless and guide all fathers. Happy Father’s Day!

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

 

Arthur N. Tafoya

Most Rev. TaFoya is the bishop of Pueblo, Colorado.
« Previous entry     Back to index     Next entry »
Ads by Google
(What's this?)
blog comments powered by Disqus

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
First meeting of Commission for Protection of Minors
Jul
22

Liturgical Calendar

July 22, 2014

Saint Mary Magdalene

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:24-43

Gospel
Date
07/20/14
07/19/14
07/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Mic 7: 14-15, 18-20

Saint of the Day

St. Mary Magdalene »

Saint
Date

Homily of the Day

Mt 12:38-42

Homily
Date
07/21/14
07/20/14
07/19/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: