Current events on the national and international scene powerfully remind us of the gift which is human life.
Be princes or paupers, middle class or blue collar, young or not-so young, God’s gift of life is a precious treasure to be nurtured by strong family ties and an abiding faith. Chief among these family ties is that with our parents. Truly, it is fitting that we celebrate this year the gift of our Fathers on Fathers’ Day, June 21.
We each have a unique experience of our Fathers. Some of us may have been raised by a single father, stepfather, foster father or even grandfather. They have cared for us, helped us grow and experience life’s joys and challenges, helped form us in our Christian faith, and perhaps shared lots of practical wisdom. Gratitude is called for!
During this time of social distancing, one way to express your gratitude, is to use the distinctive e-card that we’ve created as an expression of the feeling deep in your heart. We invite you to remember your father in prayer. Those enrolled will share in the special Novena of Masses celebrated by our Passionist Communities.
As you send the e-card, we invite your support of our Passionist life and ministries. Flowing from our community, our ministries embrace families today with the special experience of God’s Love in the Passion of Jesus. Your gift in honor of your loved ones will help us Passionists minister with the poor and crucified of today.
I pray with you in thanksgiving for the blessing which is our fathers and look forward to adding your intentions to those of our other friends and benefactors. We Passionists are grateful for your ongoing support and encouragement and promise a daily remembrance in prayer.
Fr. Michael Higgins, C.P.