CAMPUS PADRE Offers food for thought
At the end of the Eucharistic Prayer, when I elevate the Body and Blood of Christ all the disciples who are present, affirm their faith and personal relationship with God during the great AMEN after I’ve proclaimed that it is “Through him, and with him, and in him” that our almighty Father is given all glory and honor forever and ever. All the disciples of Christ who have sought and received God’s forgiveness, they prepare to receive Christ in the Eucharist. Only those members of the Body of Christ who have been restored through Christs mercy and forgiveness, only they come forward and receive. All others are called to reflect upon this testimony of our faith, and consider for themselves the answer to the question… Who do you say that I am?
Today, as we celebrate Fatherhood and reflect on the ideal which is found in the Fatherhood of God, every man who answers Christ's question in a way that affirms without doubt that Christ is his savior, his first love and his most important relationship, will become by the grace of God, the kind of father that God intends him to become.
Every man who who meaningfully answers the question of who Christ is and keeps his gaze fixed on Jesus, who embraces the cross and relies upon grace… those men will become better men and better fathers than they imagined possible. It’s never too late for that, never.
Our father’s in partnership with our mothers have been given a profound responsibility by God. They are called to raise up children who know, love and desire to serve God in this world and be with him in the next. They are called to help their children become ‘salt and light’ for a world of darkness that is ever working to envelop them in a web of lies.
The Saints of Fatherhood listen to the Coach, God the Father and they read His playbook, the Scriptures. Faith is their stronghold and Christ is their model. They guide us, teach us, shape us. They hail our victories and help us learn from our failures. A father, who has experienced Christ's forgiveness, is wise and strong enough to allow his own children to experience his forgiveness. He becomes a living image of mercy without boundaries. A Father who prays with his family, who makes sure that his family comes to Mass and receives the sacraments with his family, demonstrating that without God they know they can do nothing worthwhile - that is a father whose children have a much better chance of becoming what God has created them to be. This is a man who moves from having ‘fathered a child’ to being a Dad.
On Father’s Day we celebrate and we pray for all our Dads; the Fathers who are saints, the ones who are on their way, and the ones who struggle every day. Our children deserve the best. God help all men to receive the virtues and the grace to become the men God calls us to be!
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CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.